Approaching Early Retirement
by Ilette Surtain
( New Orleans)
I will experience a job layoff in 1 week after 36 yrs of employment. Came across this site and wow, I am really scared after reading some of the posts.
I am 55 young and will not let this situation define me, people pull yourself up and enjoy life. God woke you up this morning, although you woke up a little stiff, lol, you woke up.
Early retirement/ retirement is time given, to smell the roses that we plant and walk by(when working) unable to smell, to sit in quiet and listen to nature and talk to God, to do all of the things that we have been unable to do, while working and raising a family.
Sure the money will be tight but there is a lot of things that are free, volunteering, community work, become active in your church and or local school. Listen brothers and sisters, be creative, for all of those years we used our creativity to benefit our employers, surely we can use it now to benefit ourselves!!!!!
I live in Orleans (lifelong), I plan on becoming a tourist in my own city, to discover what so many people travel here to explore(of course the free stuff first) then I will ask for birthday and Christmas gifts from kids, to pay for the paid excursions.