Who Am I Now?
I am in the process of being pushed out of my job for financial reasons and will probably retire within the next month and a half.
I work at a great place run by our state, as a sort of contractor paid for by a federal government agency, and I needed to give them the heads-up on what was coming so that they would be prepared.
Since I told them (last week) what the plans looked like, people are already distancing themselves from me. I'm not included in any planning meetings, was not given a key to a room that I had been promised - it's as if I am already gone. We all hope that we are considered irreplaceable to our bosses, but the reality is, for any of us, if something happened today to one of us, our places of employment would be able to carry on without any problems.
Mentally, I am already out that door and already looking for the next open door that awaits me. I have a lot of acres to look after in my retirement and am counting the moments. Maybe I'll get some chickens and goats... maybe see a movie once a week... now that puts a smile on my face.
So many governments are downsizing as their budgets have been reduced so much. I feel so lucky that I was able to retire two years ago, as those I left behind do much more work with fewer people.
You are so right -- over 30+ years with my employer and often thought ** wasn't replaceable with all his knowledge. Nope... in comes the next person and changes how its all done, for better or worse! Life goes on...
Chicken and Goats sound great to me. We've got turkeys! My friend just started a Happy Chicken website! Here is the Facebook page: Raising Happy Chickens
Sounds like you are ready to jump... you'll know if its the right time, but it sure sounds like it is!!