Retirement: I am Enough
I have been exploring this territory known as retirement.
The obvious message that comes with retirement is that I no longer have to "earn" a living. What that really means to me is that I no longer have to prove to anyone, including myself, that I have to "earn" the right to exist.
I now suddenly have the right to be here, to enjoy life, to accept myself exactly as I am. I no longer have to pass exams, be evaluated or jump through hoops to demonstrate that I am worth something or that I can keep up with everybody else.
Why does it take most of us a lifetime of bending over backward to please others before we realize that we've been okay all along and that we don't really have to prove anything to anybody?
I finally know that I am enough simply because I exist. I do not have to question if my existence is valid. I am here to be exactly who I am because nobody else can play my part as well as I can.
I do not have to deserve to be here. I no longer have to push myself or be in a state of panic to achieve something beyond simply being myself.
If retirement has taught me anything, it's that I have always been enough and I don't have anything else to prove.