Saturday, February 07, 2004
On Thursday I notified my supervisors that I will be
retiring. It was the final commitment to a decision Iíve been contemplating
for several months and it feels good to finally get it out of the way. It
was another one of those "defining moments" that Iíve been having recently
and now I can move forward with future plans.
Future plans. Iíve never been big on making elaborate plans
for the future and I guess Iím not what you would call a ďself actualized
personalityĒ. During my senior year in college one of my professors asked
the students to briefly write down their plans for after graduation. He
read some of them aloud and they were filled with ambitious ruminations
about looking for jobs with good retirement benefits and health care plans.
The entire class burst out laughing when he read my note which simply said I
hadnít made any plans. Like the lone drunk at a party, I hadnít realized
that I was the only clueless person in the room.
On the other hand, in my current situation Iíve found myself
with an exceptional chance to retire relatively young. Iím not taking this
good luck for granted and I donít want to waste a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity. For now Iím not making ďloftyĒ plans. Iím mostly interested
in not blowing my good fortune. For 25 years Iíve been getting up at 4 A.M.
and commuting 2 hours a day. Now Iím just looking forward to being a night
last official day at work is March 14 though with 32 days vacation on the
books, I may sneak out a little early.