A Happy Day

Today was the last one at my full time job. I have retired.
It’s a big step into the unknown. I have taken it only after careful consideration of lessons learned so far on my life journey.
The most important of those is that life is short. No one knows when it might end abruptly. The tragic loss of my three children certainly taught me that. It’s a reality I would be foolish to ignore. And it follows that I should not waste time doing things or remaining in situations I do not enjoy.
To me the next step follows just as logically. I will pursue activities that give me pleasure, within physical and financial limitations. This means travel, golf, dance lessons, volunteering, skating, cycling, kayaking. As long as I can afford it, I will go ahead and do it.
You will notice this partial list includes lots of healthy activity. I have learned the importance of physical well-being after years of alcohol related illness and depression. Volunteering provides me with a rewarding measure of self-worth, another thing I lost in my time of grief and active addiction.
This past winter, I took a two-month leave without pay to experiment with building and working at my home-based business. To do this I sacrificed a short holiday in the sun. It was more than worth it. I was free of the slog each morning to a six-by-eight foot cubicle and eight hours in a dysfunctional environment. It was clear to me that no regular paycheque was worth more years of that.
After 13 years at this dreary office it is time to explore a wider world.

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3 Comments

  1. This will be one of the best decisions you ever made. Retirement is great, there are so many more opportunities for you to explore and with your enthusiasm for life and all that it has to offer, you will be so busy just doing the things you love. Enjoy every moment, you deserve it!!!

  2. Good for you chère Hélène !
    My retirement is two years, 10 months away (not that I’m counting) and I have a bucket list a mile long! I Hopefully God gives me as many years in retirement as he gave me in the workforce. I have, like you, so many things I want to do. So, you go ahead cause you have a head start on me and enjoy with all your being. It will be I’m sure, one of the best times of your life.
    Talk to you soon.

  3. Very well said Helen, you have made a good choice for you. You are the strongest person I have ever met. This journey is going to be very successful for you, I just know it. You determination is incredible. I wish you well and please keep in touch.

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