On my first Thanksgiving as a semi-retired person, I am thankful for many blessings.
First, my family. They have been so supportive and encouraging in this transition from full-time work to a life that looks completely different. In many respects, this transition has been smoother than I anticipated, largely due to the support of family.
I am thankful that God has provided a clear path for me in this next stage in life. I realize that this does not always happen and sometimes that path is bumpy or takes a few detours before arriving at the place we are supposed to be. This was not the case for me and given my lack of patience (still working on this), I am especially thankful for this detour-free trip.
This Thanksgiving I am thankful that I continue to be cancer-free. I started chemo on Black Friday of 2012 and as a result Black Friday will forever hold a much different meaning to me than getting good deals (there were no deals on chemo, as my first chemo treatment cost nearly $10,000).
I am thankful that I followed the path that God provided. It is one thing to have the great blessing of God providing a clear path, and another thing to follow it. We still have a choice. I would have anticipated, that in my first year of semi-retirement, that I would have been doing a lot of reading and writing. I could see myself hanging out at bookstores and soaking in the atmosphere, maybe even working at one part-time. Or doing something fairly easy like folding towels at the health club and scanning people’s cards as they come into the gym, possibly even getting to the point where I could scan with either hand. None of these things happened.
Surprisingly, especially for an introvert, my path has been full of extrovert stuff. Standing in front of a class 80 times over the last two semesters, talking to about 20 people via peer-to-peer cancer mentoring, leading a cancer support group that has been averaging 15 people, meeting with at least two dozen business connections over lunch, and meeting with several dozen students for mentoring are all activities that make an introvert run for cover. Yet, this is apparently what I have been called to do, and it has been deeply satisfying and an incredible blessing.
I am also thankful for a break. Having recruited a replacement to teach my class among other classes, I will take a break from teaching in the Spring. Even though this work I described in the paragraph above has been very rewarding, I have not really taken a break since “retiring.” So, I am thankful that it worked out that I can take a break this semester, slow down the pace, take some more cooking classes, and come back to teach in the fall semester as well as J-Term 2017.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
A Boomer In Transition