Today, I ran into one of my favorite lunch ladies from my former elementary school. She was happy to see me and didn’t realize I’d retired. She thought I’d moved to another school. She described how hard it had been for her to come back after winter break. Her husband wants to retire in 18 months. I told her to go for it. Now is the perfect time to start getting everything lined up to allow for a smooth transition from workaday life to retired life.
On the way home, I realized that had I stuck to our original plan, this would mark my final semester as a school librarian. So glad I followed my gut and exited when I did. From all accounts, it would have been one chaotic, stressful year. No, thank you. Not. worth. it. Making the necessary adjustments so that we could both retire early and still thrive have been totally worth it.
As I look at my calendar for 2023, I’m excited at what’s ahead. No way would this be possible if I was still working full-time.
Actually having time for people without feeling rushed and being able to fill my days with the activities that bring me joy – PRICELESS!