The last few months have been challenging for me. The phrase “being retired does not mean a problem-free life” is true. I think the first 18 months of retirement was so good, that I forgot that phrase. I violated a couple of important rules: 1) To control and sometimes limit the flow of information and 2) To rely not on my own strength but on God’s. I allowed myself to get too wound up about leadership issues in our country, in the workplace and in other areas that touch me. One of the key principles of investing is to limit the flow of information so that your emotions do not take over, and I forgot that in some areas of my life. I also got too busy doing too many things and once committed, there was not much I could do about it for a few months. I believe that most of us go through seasons in our lives that require us to make attitude adjustments and course corrections and the last few months was a good reminder of this for me.
I have literally one more lecture this semester and then my teaching career is over. It was not for me. Just because you are good at something does not mean you should do it. At least my evaluations say I was good at it, and in a lot of respects I liked it, but I did not love it. . I believe teaching is something that you should only do if you love it. Teaching, done right, is a lot of work. I am not bashful about work, but in this season of my life, I want to work hard on the activities that I love. I love mentoring students, I love board work, and I love mentoring other cancer patients. These are the areas I will likely focus on in my third year of retirement, unless God has different plans. I have a strong enough brand on campus, that my theory that I needed to teach a class to have access to students to mentor is no longer true.
Today is Thanksgiving and I am thankful that I have the opportunity and the flexibility to pursue the activities that I love.
A Boomer In Transition