Although I retired officially in June I’ve continued to work pretty much full-time in schools throughout the fall. I’ve attended conferences, put on training sessions, worked with students and teachers, struggled with tech issues, and continued working in much the same way I have every fall for the last 36 years. But just after Thanksgiving my husband and I flew to Italy for an amazing trip, and when we returned I worked only 3 1/2 days before breaking for Christmas….and I haven’t returned!
This stretch of days is the longest I’ve ever had without working – and without being in almost daily contact with teachers and students. Even in past summers the most I usually take totally off is a week or two – and I’ve been out of school for weeks! The most unbelievable thought is that I won’t be back for 7 more weeks. Seven weeks!!
I have never been a person who counted the days until retirement. I’m a bit of a workaholic actually, and I get a little uncomfortable if I don’t have a long list of things to accomplish each day. However, having time away gives a person a great new perspective.
The first thing I’ve noticed is that I’ve been really busy! How do people find time to work? Once you take it out of the daily schedule it’s pretty tough to fit it back in again.
As is probably typical I’ve been stockpiling “retirement lists”. For years I’ve said “I’ll do that when I’m retired.” One of my goals is to get busy with organizing my photos – not only from my recent trip to Italy, but for at least 15 years prior to that. Once I went digital I became like the family in the ads; my photos remained in the camera or on the computer…not visible to anyone at all. That needs to change.
My other goal is to get some real blogging done. I’d like to fill up this site with tech help, guided directions, tips, support, and more. Suddenly seven weeks doesn’t seem like very much time.
I also didn’t mention books. I have a pile of reading to catch up on. Heck, I even have a few Christmas cards left to write. I’ll let you know how I do. In the meantime, if you’re in Minnesota, keep warm. I’m retired. I’m going for a walk!