Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Retirement don't we all look forward to that?? Well as of four weeks ago I am retired after many, many years of working. Much deserved don't you think? Well okay? What do I do now?
I know, I know we all say the same thing, I will travel, read more books, take naps in the afternoon, volunteer, clean out those closets, spend more time with my girlfriends, finish that art work I started two years ago, work in the garden, finish those projects I started around the house that I never have time for, cook more, go to the gym regularly---- I hear you-- cause we all think yes, yes that is what I will do.
Well, here I sit three weeks later frozen-- I have talked to some of my friends who have retired and they all say the same thing-- "this feeling will pass" "I felt just like that"- okay still waiting-- still waiting for the feeling of --- I am playing hooky from work and will get caught-- to pass.
Now don't get me wrong I am not complaining-- okay maybe I am a little--- (in case you cannot tell I love dashes).
I did decide that my retirement money would not be enough for me to have very much spending money - so my first thought was - "I will find a part-time job- Yes that is what I will do". Just two or three days a week for my "spend however I like money". So thought process was-- I want to do something different-- SO into my lap plops this job-- across the street from my house(the commute is brutal :-) -- okay it is not something that I have ever done before- so meets the first of my requirements for something different-- second requirement two or three days a week-- well they need me three days a week, okay second requirement met-- third requirement extra money for my spend however I like money(yes and above minimum wage)-- Yep meets that one also-- So I say with a smile- "yes" to the job!! I am now a part time employee of a small community convenience store. What we sell mostly are the essentials needed to live on Baffin Bay (which is where I live)--BAIT, BEER, CIGARETTES, AND GAS!!
So as usual first day jitters were in full swing as I am traversing the long commute - about a 2 minute walk across the street- "will I be able to do this" "can I really learn something new after doing the same thing for at least 25 years?"
As I making the journey back home on the afternoon of my first day at work-- my mind is saying "oh my goodness I am not so sure I can do this", "I must be an idiot", "I will never be able to learn everything that I need to know", and the big one "I made so many mistakes today that there will be no need for me to show up on Thursday (my next day scheduled to work". Not to mention the thought that had I told anyone that I had worked with today that my old job was typing important medical records for sick people in the hospital - they would have all laughed at me in disbelief.
But I go no phone calls telling me to not bother to show up on Thursday- so I was a little encouraged by that- and the ladies that I work with were all wonderful and tried to reassure me that "you did just fine"- we all have been there - don't worry- you will get it" What a great bunch of ladies- thanks girls, but obviously at 64 1/2 you are untrainable!!
Well I am now three weeks out from my first day at work- still no phone call telling me not to come back- I have even been working alone for 2 1/2 weeks- opening and closing by myself- coming home proudly after a hard day at work smelling like bait and proud of it!! Wahoo!! I am retrainable!!
Thanks to you all for visiting my blog- check back as the saga of retirement really? what do I do now? continues.