Retirement is a new chapter. It has allowed me to accomplish items from my bucket list. If you don’t know what a bucket list is, let me introduce you to Lesley Carter. You can read all about her adventures. Here are some of mine: be a leisure class, see the Northern Lights, and visit Machu Picchu.
Being a leisure class: I am more laid-back sans management/ leadership mandates from higher up. At the same time, I have shed some of my extrovert persona. Which means, I no longer have the urge to speak up in situations, nor push people to meet deadline or adhering to schedule. Those were the burdens of a manager of people.
With fewer people to fend for, my priorities are simpler. Any important milestones, tasks, or bucket list items, for example, get handled according to my preferences. As a result, I have more leeway with my time, energy and resource. And more opportunities avail themselves to me.
Do I miss the people? To be honest, a little. Most of relationship at work was task oriented. I had little interactions with people who had no business to my job. Sure I volunteered for office picnic or holiday party duty. But again those were the leadership tasks that I no longer responsible for.
Are you ready to retire?
Part 1, here.