Retirement Is . . . A New Purpose

I am going to take a break from the “Retirement Is . . . ”  series this summer and write something different.  Not sure what yet, so stay tuned.

In my quiet time early this morning (4:05 am), I was reflecting on the week that just ended.  It was a week of one ending as I pressed the Submit button and effectively turned in grades after my first semester teaching a college course.  I will get my student evaluations in two weeks so I will see what they thought of it, but my own assessment was positive.  The whole semester was a steep learning curve for me as I found my way and figured out what worked and what did not and made the necessary adjustments.  One objective I had for the semester was to connect students to the business world and I feel really good about that.  In some way, I helped at least 4 students find jobs and that felt like a fulfilled purpose to me.

I also continued my bladder cancer support group this past week.  Our group is the only one of it’s kind in the Upper Midwest and I feel like we are making a difference for people battling bladder cancer.  The chemistry of the group is great and engaging in any number of discussions, thought to be in the category of TMI outside of this community, has been easy.  We have been able to bring in experts to talk about issues the group wants to hear and have a fairly long list of ideas for the upcoming meetings.  It will be very interesting to see where this group goes in the future, but the process of getting it started and on a solid path is an early fulfillment of one of the goals I had for retirement.


A Boomer In Transition

One thought on “Retirement Is . . . A New Purpose

  1. Congratulations on the completion of your first (of many) semesters in your career in academia. No doubt in my mind that you are right in the center of God’s will given your “teacher’s heart”.

    PS – 4:05 am?! Glad to see you’re sleeping in a little bit now that you are “retired”!

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