So I’ve been retired now for less than two months and I’m learning a lot about life in retirement. The first thing is that I know that the timing was right. This isn’t the first time I’ve retired, but this time I believe will be permanent!
Almost 14 years ago I retired from a life of education. After 30+ years of teaching everything from second grade to high school sophomores and being an elementary school administrator, I decided to hang it up. A month later, I began a part-time position with OPUBCO at what was then known as ConnectOK.com. I worked 20 hours a week coordinating Schoolnet, which was a group of area educators working together to provide online resources for schools. That job expanded over the years, Schoolnet ‘disbanded’ and I found myself back in a full-time position.
In 2006 I found myself retiring to help with a family business. After a few months of helping with the business and having more time than expected on my hands, I returned to OPUBCO to once again do projects and editing for NewsOK.com. With the continual expansion of online news and resources, I once again was useful and busier than ever. I enjoyed being the “oldest” of the online staff and probably used that status to excuse my lack of technical skill and understanding.
And now it is 2011, and I am truly retired! Knowing when the time is right to retire isn’t always based on age or reaching Social Security status. For me, it was a time when I was ready to move on to something different – and hopefully, a lot of travels to write about!