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I couldn't sleep so got up earlier than usual, intending to write for awhile before heading to the office. Instead, I spent 45 minutes reading blogs written by several friends, each of whom is doggedly pursuing their dreams. I'm so glad I did. It's inspiring to be reminded that there are smart, talented people whose lives aren't focused on job titles, how much they make, or what they consume.

I especially need that reminder as I grind my way through these last few week of full-time employment. Though my decision to retire was carefully thought-out, a small voice continues to insist I got it wrong - that I'm going to regret giving up the generous paycheck and professional identity that goes with it.

The truth is I probably will miss those things. But the payoff is a lot more free time and, at this stage of my life, it's time I value most. Time to walk amongst the trees and breathe deeply. Time to be kinder to myself and others. Time to think about what matters most and do something about it. The old adage that "money can't buy happiness" has never felt more true.


  1. That little voice will continue to nag you - I've been away from teaching and that lovely paycheque for almost 13 years and my little voice still natters away. These days it says, 'If you had stayed, you could be...' I remind it that if I had stayed (either then or on the few other occasions I quit the 'career'), I would not be where I am today. Would not know the people I know - that usually shuts it up!

    You got this - you'll see, it will be one of the best things you've ever done.

    1. Thanks, Janet! I appreciate the encouragement and inspiration!

  2. If you listen to the investment people, there is never enough money to retire. Never enough money to provide complete security no matter what happens. If you listen to the moralizing workaholics, you don't deserve to retire because you haven't worked hard or long enough, and not working is bad for you.

    These people are full of it. End to end, full. There's more to life than being in an office, accumulating an imaginary commodity called money. They want to keep you there because it gives them more money to manage, another body in the office to boss around, another person supporting our soul destroying society.

    Stay strong! Break free! Life your life and do what makes you happy. Money is not happiness. You might "work" again, depending on many things. I came out of "retirement" several times for brief work stints.

    Janet is right, it will be one of the best things you've ever done.


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