I retired a couple of years ago. It wasn’t what I had intended…I had planned on working for as long as I could. But then I discovered that the way my job was identified, I had to retire at the prescribed age.
Okay…so while it wasn’t what I planned, I shifted my thinking gears and started figuring out what I was going to do and be for this portion of my life. I had lots of plans about how I was going to spend my time. I invested in quite a significant number of materials, and I plotted out where I was going to work.
Then a new family member joined us…and she needed daycare. Since I was available (now!), I took on the role of primary babysitter. Not the only one (her other grandparents help as they can)…but the primary one.
My materials are still on the shelf…I still do not have a specific workspace set up…and I do not have much (if any) time to work on my new projects.
But that’s okay.
Instead, I’m getting to develop a wonderful close relationship with an adorable human being…and loving to watch her figure out what this world is all about. I’m seeing the world through new eyes.
Instead of being paid by checks or cash, I get paid in hugs and kisses…and dandelions. Instead of worrying about inventory, I get to explore grasses…flowers… Instead of sitting in a chair, I get plenty of exercise chasing her around…pulling her off of whatever she’s decided looks interesting to climb…and playing tag, catch, “I’ve got you!”
It’s not what I thought I was going to be doing at this point in my life…but this change in plans has definitely been worth it!