To retire or not
by Ron Wheadon
I am planning on retiring sometime this year, it depends on what day you ask me, sometimes it will that day and then I think why?
I have two adult children doing well and fun to be with, but no grandchildren.
Someday's I feel very excited about retiring and other days I do not want to retire at all. I will be turning 68 in January and one plan is to retire on my birthday. So I experience anxiety, excitement, fear and sometime wonder what is the matter with me not wanting to retire.
I worked in Post Secondary educations for years, loved it, the students, the faculty and watching the student succeed is wonderful. I an administrator and taught for a number of years.
I have thought of employment at retirement on a part-time basis and been asked to do some projects, but cannot seem to get the energy to do them, therefore declined.
My wife is 7 years younger and plans on working for a number of years.
As far as financial planning, we have been working with an excellent planner, he says financially I am ready but I move from wanting to go to not on a daily basis.
My work has been wonderful and are willing to let me decrease my hours per week, and I have not taken advantage of that option.
I used to have hobbies, but I loved what I did at work that most of them have been dropped, maybe I can bring them back.
So I go from day to day, looking at what I might do with extra time. I have talked to a number of retired educators and the are so happy it is encouraging. They say they are so busy doing what they want.
I guess that is something to look forward to at retirement.
Oh well one day at a time.