Top Ten Reasons to Retire by Doreen
by Doreen Cutting
This is a list I wrote in my journal when I left work. I never intended it to be a retirement list but this is how it hit me. It started with flu like symptoms and then a very bad flu and then I never recovered. In many ways I am still recovering.
My symptoms started April 1, 2001 and I left work September 28, 2001. In between I took all my sick leave and all my holidays and never managed a full day’s work. In January 2002 I tried to go back half time but I couldn’t even put in 3 hours a day. Symptoms continued to accelerate.
Now far below you will find my ideal reasons for leaving work.
I can’t sit up.
I can’t prepare the nutrition I need to eat properly.
I can’t do the job physically.
I am overwhelmingly exhausted but I can’t sleep deeply for the pain.
I can’t get the medical attention required to find out what is happening due to waiting lines for tests.
I have just moved and I can’t unpack or put away my belongings.
I can’t drive my car, I have to pull over and rest.
I can’t communicate with my husband or family regarding my situation because they can’t hear or see me and I need to rest before I can make them understand.
I don’t know if there is enough to retire financially but I can’t remedy that as I am.
I can’t take part in any of the things in life I used to enjoy, friends, family, writing, reading, walking, groups, travel, independence.
I have reached my full pension eligibility.
I want to live on the West Coast and write about what I want to write about.
I want to walk a 4 day marathon before I die.
I have purchased a small travel trailer and will be covering Canada and walking the Trans Canada Trail.
I have co-opted a writer’s retreat and arts café.
I am building a small home with a verandah in a natural setting with a small herb, vegetable and flower garden off the kitchen.
I am working part time commitments in a food coop, a plant nursery and preemie ward. One pursuit at a time.
I want to take 3 world trips – Eastern Europe, Spain and Greece.
I will be finding out who I really am.
I will be learning about the world I live in.