As the owner of retirement-online.com, I retired from County government in 2010. I worked 37 years with this one employer, the last 25 years as the Retirement Manager -- yikes!
When I retire -- WHO am I?
I have struggled with my vision of retirement for 4.5 years... despite the fact that retirement has been my occupation for the past twenty-five years. Isn't that odd? I help others retire, and yet, couldn't seem to get myself out that door.
So middle of April, 2010, I am driving down Cass Avenue into Mount Clemens, MI towards the County Building. On both sides of the road, flowering trees are abundant. Just took my breath away -- and I knew I couldn't work another summer.
Mind you -- that in itself is funny. I am not really a summer person, I don't do outdoors much as I get overheated easily, and burn like crazy. Suddenly, I knew I was not spending another sunshiney summer in that office.
Suddenly, for no reason at all, I was "ready".
Retirees have told me for many years: "you'll know when you are ready". I always asked how they knew it was time and I always got the same answer. That never made any sense, at all, to me. All these very different people with the same answer. But guess what?
When I was ready, I KNEW I WAS READY!
In fact, I was driving to work, and just suddenly thought, I'm going in and giving my notice. One month and I'm gone.
Then I thought... WHY one month? Why not two weeks? That's all that's normally required, why do *I* think I need to give one month notice? Just like that... I went in and retired.
You WILL know when you are ready!
For 37 years, that job was me, my identity. I've now found my former job does NOT define me. I am so much more!
Read more of my Life After Retirement story.