Today, my perspective on my life has changed. After a few months of deliberation, the date of my retirement was set for March 1, 2016. After 47 years of working, I will officially begin a new chapter of my life. My thoughts are mixed with emotion, fear, anticipation as well as filled with the excitement of being able to create a new life. I am full of thankfulness for what I have experienced and the place I currently stand in life.
I have 26 days of workweek left. However, my work has always bled over into my weekends and vacations. It is a part of what I do. While my work has allowed me to experience so much it has also taken so much away. In the past 4 years, the stress level and travel have increased and impacted my family, my life and my soul. I have been so lucky but I also recognize to those who much is given, much is expected.
I looked out early this morning at a setting full moon and felt the symbolism. My challenge now is to create a new life. I want to experience, feel, touch people and give back. I had a perfect moment yesterday that moved me. My wife and daughter were sitting with my Mother and Father when an older woman came up and said hello to my parents and handed my mother a birthday card. She was very sweet and talked to each person there, introduced herself and talked briefly with my Mom. After she left, my father said she is devoted to visiting people and talking with them. She was very sharp and mobile. I asked how old she was and the answer was 85. Giving back.