Monday, October 15, 2012

(Maybe) When I'm 64!



I am a tremendous fan of the Beatles, and often Beatles' lyrics swirl in my head. Once I entered my sixties "When I'm 64" frequently buzzed in my brain. I was in my teens when I first heard this song and 64 was light years away.

One of the things that's been most in my mind for the last year has been the thought of retiring from my job. When I had my surgery in the spring I was sure that I would retire this fall. I would go back to work for a few months and tidy up some projects and then retire -- Now! As now is coming and going I realized several weeks ago that I had done nothing to retire. I'd made none of the appointments I needed to make. I'd done none of the paperwork and actually had no interest in doing so. It was an astounding realization. I felt better (thankfully!) and I wanted to keep working. I really wasn't minding it at all.

I also realized I had few plans beyond this hazy idea of retiring. Most of it was not knowing how I would feel and how much energy I would have. My surgery was a big hiccup on the road. Not planning isn't like me. Generally I am a good planner and now I've jumped back into making plans. This is probably the best sign of recovery. I bought a theater ticket, made medical appointments and put in for a week of vacation this winter.    I'm even thinking of a vacation for next winter (2014!) Anyone interested in Antarctica?

The future can hold many things we can't foresee, but for now imminent retirement is shelved and my next goal is retiring in two years from now..."When I'm 64." 

11 comments:

Mevely317 said...

Yea, Carol! Learning that you're back to crafting plans put a smile on my face.

If you're at all like me, half of the pleasure is derived in the list-making and tending to details prior to an adventure.



Lynda said...

I may have told you but I am retiring at the end of this year and will be 62 in January. I am going to babysit our grandson, Benjamin. One of my next posts will probably mention that. Good for you knowing what you want to do and when. The decision is the hardest part of it!

Terra said...

When the time is right, you will enjoy retirement. Maybe at 64 will be it!

Maple Lane said...

Good for you! So happy you have made this decision and that you are happy with it. Glad you are making vacation plans, too!

Jacquelineand.... said...

I'm so glad to read you're making plans for the future and have realised that you want to continue working for now!

Who says you have to retire at a particular time anyway?

Theresa said...

Sounds like your plans are to keep on keeping on:) I love looking at the future and liking what you see! I hope you will be happy each day, 64 will come way too quickly! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Ms Sparrow said...

Take your time when it comes to planning. As long as you don't have to quit working, hold on to what you've got. Are you really thinking about vacationing in Antarctica?

Nellie said...

I was 63 when I retired at the end of the school year. Strange how that happened. I had no retirement plans in mind when the school year began. It just began to "feel right." I've not looked back at all, and it has been nine years! You will know when the time is right.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I fully understand -- my husband changed his retirement date many times the past few years --it is hard to give up a job you enjoy and also the income! He'll continue to work --even when we move cross country!

Maggid said...

Thank You - I hope this indicates you also intend to share your adventures with all of us - You help me see the beautiful . . .

Limitless Love!
-g-

Denise D Hammond, CGFM-Retired said...

Years ago at a University Breakfast honoring the retiring Dean of Business he told me that 'You just know' when it is time to go. I knew four years ago and one day you will wake up and say you are ready. Age is just a number and retirement has no age attached. As long as you are enjoying life to the fullest, keep doing what you enjoy - even if it is called 'work' by some folks.