I can't believe I haven't written anything here for so long. So much has changed since the last time, but here is a well-deserved update.
The holidays are over - finally - and I find myself without a job. It was a mutually agreed upon decision and even though I am only into day 2 of retirement, I am feeling quite good about it. I am going to have to volunteer somewhere because I have a natural tendency to be reclusive, and that has never been good for me. And the money is going to be an issue soon, but not today.
Of course I am going to try and do the things I love so much, writing and knitting, but they are both very isolating and sedentary activities. I did mall walking yesterday morning and that was great, except I found the leg burn after only one mile was a little disappointing.
I have always taken comfort in plans. Knowing what's coming, feeling good about the possibilities and so on. For some time, I have not felt that security. Actually, picking a date to retire is like waiting for the other shoe to fall. Friends and family kept telling me that I should work as long as possible, that I don't look as old as I am. But the truth is I am experiencing what every older person experiences - a little memory loss, getting flustered over stressful situations, etc. There is a reason people retire at this age, and I think I have gone well beyond what most people would consider a good time to call it quits.
So, you can take this adventure with me! I will post again and let you know how the low-income retirement plans are coming, and what I am doing to still put food on the table.