by Lila McConnell
I was a physician for 42 years, and at age 65, facing the possibility of signing another lease for three years made me stop and think about whether looking at a computer for eight hours a day with the possibility of 15 weeks of total vacation time over there three years, if I was lucky, did not seem reasonable.
I love my patients, and still do, and miss them terribly and still worry that I let them down. It was a HORRIBLE transition time..
However,I slowly recovered and went back to taking my yoga classes, study botany through the online app Coursera, study Spanish through Duolingo and work steadily with RightCareAlliance - a group which endeavors to improve the healthcare system. I also horsebackride and spend more time doing that. I keep a paper calendar and it fills up every month.
I also developed good prognosis breast cancer and am glad I am not working coping with this. You never know!
Letting go IS HARD!!! I don’t think anyone can prepare you if you were attached to your work.
I am grateful I can be out in the fresh air! I was hardly moving around at work! I was very tired and stressed. AND there are tons of ways to give back while taking care of yourself and enjoying a bit more time just for you!