My retirement has been far from normal. My original plan was to retire in June after teaching my last class of second grade. The year was off to a great start in September when I met my wonderful class and I was so excited to celebrate all my “lasts” with them. Unfortunately, that only lasted until March and even though I was approaching retirement, I was now starting with my firsts. My first time using Google Classroom and Slides, learning virtual learning programs and teaching my class online. No one knew what to expect and I think we did the best we could. I did not feel the same end of school year feeling and definitely not the bittersweet one I expected. And now as the new school year approaches and I am not involved in it, I have some sorting out to do to figure out what it is I want to do with the rest of my life.
Before my initial plan to retire, I did some freelance writing on my blogs and also for some clients on Upwork. Since school ended I continue to write for clients on Upwork and I have recently started and shared a series of my articles on Vocal Media. I have written articles on education. Also, I have shared my love of cooking and written articles with my recipes and cooking suggestions. I have broadened my portfolio to include some travel blogs for my travel during Covid.
As the new school year approaches and my colleagues are returning to work without me I plan to “make a plan” for myself. I did not retire because I was too old to work but rather because I wanted to spend more time with my retired husband and also pursue some of my other passions which have been dormant during my crazy, mixed up days as a teacher. Those are days that I will always treasure and because of my pension, I am thankful that I can pursue my other interests.
So what do people want to do when they retire?
- Spend time with others – now is the time to get together with friends, go to places you never had time to visit, and really make yourself happy by little indulgences you are now able to enjoy.
- Spend time with family – For me having a new grandson (who lives very far away) gives me an opportunity to love him and visit him whenever I can without the restrictions of school holidays.
- Spend time on myself – This includes taking time for fitness which was always done in a rush. I can now work around my free time and take a fitness class daily if I want and I don’t have to rush in the door, change in 5 minutes to scamper off to a class while totally exhausted.
- Give Back – Once the pandemic eases up, I would like to dedicate part of my retirement to helping others whether it be volunteering at a library to read aloud to children (one of my favorite activities as a teacher) or raise money for a cause I truly believe in. I was always interested in this and because of the time commitment I just never pursued it.
- Do nothing – This is the hardest for me. Accepting that it is okay to sometimes do nothing and that it is totally fine. If I just want to sit and read, or take my time checking emails or watch a non-thinking type of program on television, I now can do all that and not feel guilty. Well, I am working on that part.
Well, I am just starting my retirement journey so I will have to take small steps. Small steps to get by all the people that exclaim “oh you’re so lucky” or “now you can do whatever you want” without feeling guilty about it. I always have to remember the endless years of full-time work that took up most of my life. So here it — the beginning of the journey of retirement. Well, I’m tired now so I think I will go take a nap.
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14 thoughts on “Sorting It Out After Retirement”
Volunteer reading aloud to children sounds so lovely. Congrats on your retirement. I bet the school is down one amazing teacher 🙂
Thank you so much. I am looking forward to new beginnings.
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Sounds like a great retirement plan and one I hope to implement myself in the next few years! Numbers 3 and 4 are the things most of us probably need to do, for at least the first six months of retirement. Have to take care of yourself before you get back to taking care of others.
Without self-care we have nothing for ourselves. Good luck to you in your journey to retirement.
Love the tshirt – great sentiments! I worked in the school system for many years, from PTA volunteer to Director of Operations. It’s not something you ever really leave – you just find new, less time-consuming ways to be involved. I think you are very much on the right path! Enjoy your time – you have earned it more than most people realize!!
Thank you so much! I look forward to taking a step back and still helping children learn…..
This is my future! Very insightful article. Thank you for your service as a teacher.
Thank you. Definitely an interesting time to “sort” it out.
Great article! Enjoy your retirement 🙂
Thank you so much! Definitely different than I expected in these times.
Getting close for me too.. I think we all share similar anxieties or decisions ☘️🎈
I think we always overthink our decisions. But with the current state of the world we need to just go for it. Good luck to you when you decide to take the plunge !
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Very insightful article. Hope you’re enjoying your retirement these days!
Thanks. I am enjoying as much as possible with Covid limitations.