When I let my friends and colleagues know that I was ready to hang it up and retire, one of the first things I was told was that I would miss the “structure” … they were convinced I wouldn’t know what to do with myself or my time.
Well, I am happy to report that after 3 months, I’ve found this prediction to be completely false!
In fact, just the opposite has prove to be true. I absolutely love getting up each day knowing that for the most part, I can do exactly what I want to do, and I can do it whenever I choose.
It’s been liberating. It’s been inspiring. It’s been glorious!
I have absolutely no structure whatsoever and I am loving it!
Perhaps this directionless existence will wear thin at some point down the road. I don’t know. But’ so far so good.
I love the saying, “Get a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
What a wonderful concept and absolutely correct I every way! If only it were that easy.
I have known many people who felt lost when their careers came to an end. They had been so intimately tied to their “work” that they were not happy in its absence. They felt they had lost their identity and felt rather meaningless.
For me, my career was never my life … in fact, it was the biggest obstacle to me being able to live my life. But, don’t misunderstand me on this. My career provided a comfortable life for me and my family. So comfortable in fact, that it kept me prisoner for well over 30 years doing a meaningless job that put bread on the table. Still, I don’t resent my career and I have few real regrets because honestly, I don’t have any reason to believe that my life would have been nearly as fulfilled if I’d tried to make a living following my passion as a young man rather than seeking something that had immediate payback and long-term employment potential.
Frankly, I’m comfortably retired now at a relatively early age with the ability to follow my passion, simply because I stuck with a career that forced me to plan for later life and provided me with a means.
So, here I am … doing the things I always wanted to do in life, but doing them without the pressure of having to make a living from it.
If I’d had the courage, I could have been a starving artist. It would have been easy and I most probably would have starved indeed. Instead, I married the person who has become my best friend and the love of my life. We have three wonderful children and we are financially safe and secure at a time when so many are not.
For so many reasons, I am thankful that my life followed the structure that it did. Structure is a good thing when it’s necessary … but, now structure has no place in my life, and life is GOOD!!