For over 30 years, I have had some structure and routines in my life. Granted I have had a job where events occur everyday that were not on my calendar going into the day and that has forced me to be flexible. Yet, I know myself well enough to know that I need some structure in my day and week.
I just accepted an opportunity to teach a university investment class after retirement and I am looking forward to that for a whole host of reasons. First, I believe that I was being led to accept it. It was more than coincidental, and another sign from God that the person currently teaching the class is retiring at the end of this year. Second, I have a passion for investment education and it is one of the areas I wanted to spend more time on in retirement. Third, I am uniquely qualified to teach investments, having been immersed in this field for the past 30 plus years and having led a large and complex investment organization for the past 11 years. And fourth, I know have a place to go every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning during the Spring Semester!
One of the other revelations for me along this journey is that I need a place to go and do my post-retirement work. I used to think it was kind of silly when executives retire and they need an “office” outside of the house to go to. Now, I have two. One at the university where I will teach the investments course and another at an office complex very close to our house (walking distance). I was a little embarrassed when I met with the leasing agent and explained my need to have an office outside the house. She smiled a knowing smile and told me a story of a spouse of a husband who had recently retired who pleaded with her “get my husband out of my house.”
So, until next post, and with multiple places to go . . .
A Boomer in Transition