It's a very special day here in our household, because today wraps up the very last day of Rick's multi-decade career in the world of public health. It's been a good career, but there comes the time to wrap up one chapter and begin a new one.
It's a funny thing, a person anticipates and looks forward to a momentous event expecting to wake up on that day feeling different somehow. But here we are, following the usual morning rituals, feeling as if it's quite an ordinary day, yet getting the sense that it really marks the end of one chapter as a new one is about to begin. For both of us!
It's just days before Christmas -- I think this is a perfect time to retire. All through the holiday season, it already feels like you're on a holiday, but then when it's all over and everyone starts heading back to work, you get to wake up that first morning and say, 'Yippee, we don't have to get up this early any more on cold, dark winter mornings!" And you can either roll over and go back to sleep, or you can pad around in your jammies marveling that you can actually enjoy your cup of coffee with leisure. Can you see me grinning?
What fun to plan a new way of living ... working, playing, enjoying home and garden, family, traveling, learning, working on projects and passions we never had time for. For me, retirement doesn't mean quitting on life, but now we have choices and time, not to mention energy, for new things that matter to us at this stage of our lives.
I must be off as I have lots to prepare today. Stay warm, stay calm, stay safe!