Time to retire????

Should I retire in two years…when I  am 65??  I am wrestling with this decision.

If I “retire”, what will I do with my extra time?

My wife says I should volunteer, but I can’t speak!   Who would hire me?  I could volunteer to join a group of people, ….but I still can’t imagine what I would do.

Would you hire me?  Would you have me volunteer to grow you sales organization?  I am guessing no. If you don’t have enough funds to invest in you sales team (and the most profitable group in your company), I am guessing you don’t need a volunteer , who can’t speak…. lead you sales team.

Let’s look at some alternatives

  • If I retire now (with all the speeches being cancelled), I could be an expert in the Corona Virus.  People love experts in this!
  • Maybe I could walk your dog?  I could charge so much per minute.  Of course I can’t clean up (only one arm) so I can just walk dogs who won’t relieve themselves.  This cuts my dog walking by a slight percent (like 100%!)
  • I could play pickle ball. This is something I still want to do, but how often could I play?
  • People have said I could watch their kids.  I get tired of kids after 5 minutes.  If they have that timeframe, I am good to go.
  • I could wait 2 years to retire, and I could do stuff for senior citizens. This is the best idea I can think of!  I could bring back purpose to my life and I could pick the people that I work with….since I am a volunteer.

Looking at my alternatives, the last one has some merit.  My year is in flux, so this my be sooner than I plan.  OK, now I am excited.

I can offer my speaking for another 2 years, and then be done.  Off to the new adventure;  I can’t wait…only 2 more years!

 

I received this touching note. Are you turning 60? Read This!

I just amazing received this beautiful note.  Maybe I am thinking the right things?

Gordon,

I just read your post.  Sounds like you are asking the same questions many, many people ask when they turn 60.  There are no magic answers.

 

Have you ever thought that one gift your stroke gave you is time? Time to do your blog, time to be a grandfather, time to be a caring father,  time to volunteer, time to have quality time with your wife, time to exercise,  time to do presentations, time to pray, time to help Jill around the house, time to have fun, travel, etc.

 

Perhaps you need to think of yourself as retired……not unemployed.  Is this the life you planned and worked so hard for all those years.  No, but does real happiness come from our jobs or from  our personal relationships.  Only you can find your answer to that question.

 

Perhaps God has some plans for that time………another door to open…….other paths to follow.   If you ask, he will help you open the door.

 

The journey is the secret……..not the destination.

From someone still asking the same questions……..