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Friday, August 28, 2009

The Rat Race ~

Nearly two months have passed since announcing my plans for retirement and if I've had one person every day ask me what I'm going to do, I've had twenty.
I'm left wondering "Why do I have to do anything?" and "Is there a law that says I have to do anything?"
I think the majority of this stems from my own inability to sit still. Those that know me realize that I have a tendency to constantly have my hands in something. So, the idea of me retiring seems incomprehensible.
Truth be known, I don't plan on going home and sitting there waiting to die. I'm only 43 so that could take a while and patience has never been one of my virtues. But, I don't plan on going out and finding a job either. Here's the way I see it: We get one shot at life and it seems to me that the majority of us spend our lives working too much and pushing the real joy's of life to the side. We have all said it at some point in time "Oh, no time for this or that, but when I retire I'm going to travel and do all the things that I've always wanted to do." Well, that sounds great in theory, but if we wait until we reach retirement age to do all the things we want to do while we're here on earth, then we'll be too old to do them.
I realize that we can't all just retire in our 40's and I know I'm lucky to be able to walk away from the rat race and spend the rest of my life doing what I want to do. After spending the past 25 years working diligently to reach this point in my life I can say that it was worth it!
So, what am I going to do? I'm going to do whatever I want to do. I've earned it! Who knows... maybe I'll learn to appreciate the simple things in life, like a sunrise or sunset, and not be thinking "I don't have the time for this."
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  1. Great post, I wish I could retire, but heck the way my work schedule has been for the last 8 months, I have plenty of time to do things.

  2. Tina....I won't begrudge you the fact it took me 50 years to do what you've done in 25! More power to ya! Now, grab yerself a Mojito, set yerself down, put yer feet up and think about your new occupation.....YOU!

  3. Jay... I do believe I will take your advice!!!

  4. Hey Kevin ~
    Take advantage of the time that you have available right now! Do the things that you would be wishing you could be doing if you weren't working!