Wow! I retired!
Yes, I turned off the alarm clock, punched out for the last time, and gave back my keys. I “pulled the plug” so to speak. As of March 1, I retired from my full-time position — a position I held for almost 19 years. It’s a strange feeling. After working for more than 40 years, with few breaks, I have more time to do, well, to do what? That’s the ultimate question.
More time to spend with my grandchildren, absolutely. More time to spend with my friends, definitely. More time to spend at home and with my husband, of course. More time for my favorite activity — you know, golfing. More time to clean my house, well, probably, but the question there is will I have more desire for that one. The days ahead will answer that, but my guess is that will be low on my list of ways to spend my days.
I always felt that I would know when it was right to move on to a new phase of my life, and the time has come. I have enjoyed working and have enjoyed my last job, but I do feel that my passion for my job and my desire to be there every day has diminished in the last few months. That’s how I knew the time was close for me to say good-bye to my full-time position. I have never wanted to do anything half way and certainly not my work. I made my decision, and here I am now ... retired!
I am not sure what I will be spending all my time doing, but I make the following promises to those who continue to work at full-time jobs away from home:
• My driving between the hours of 6:30 and 8 a.m. will be limited to those occasions that are totally required. If I do find it absolutely necessary to drive on city streets or highways during those hours, I will drive the speed limit, not 10 to 20 miles per hour below. If my destination during the hours of 6:30 to 8 a.m. is a local coffee shop to meet friends, and I don’t wish to at least drive the speed limit, I will delay my trip to the coffee shop, so I do not interfere with those drivers trying to get to work on time.
• I will avoid the local grocery store during the lunch hour. I will remember those who work may need to run an errand at the store on their lunch hour, and if they do run an errand, their time is limited, and if I have all day. Why not give up the lunch hour time slot to those who need it more?
• As I said above, the same applies during the hours of 4 to 6 p.m. I will try to avoid the store when those working need to go there. I will remember that I am just retired, I am not special, I don’t need special treatment. I have the one thing I didn’t have while working, and that is time. I don’t need to be first in line; I don’t need to be the first one the waitress brings water to; I don’t need the clerk to ask me if I need help before someone else. I can wait — I’ll have the time.
So, in the end, what are my plans? Well, as I said at the beginning of this column, I intend to play as much golf as possible, I intend to spend leisurely time with my grandchildren. I intend to sit on my deck with my husband, enjoy the sunshine and watch the flowers grow. I intend to be a better wife, mother, grandmother and friend. I intend to, well, enjoy life. I also intend to continue writing these columns for the BCR (as long as you are reading them), and just maybe I will find time to make my world and yours a little bit better place.
Maybe my retirement will take me near you, I hope so — I’ll have that thing called time, precious time, to meet new people and enjoy new experiences. Hope to see you as I start my latest adventure. WOW! I’m RETIRED!
Nita Wyatt of Wyanet can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.