It’s the last day of 2013. I’ve been neglecting this little blog of mine. I thought I would have many stories, insight, and words of wisdom to impart. But alas…NOT.
But what I know for sure, to steal Oprah’s phrase, is that I am very happy not to have to get up in the dark of a cold winter morning and navigate on the slippery streets to work. I am happy not to drive home on the same slippery busy streets after a 12 hour night shift. I am happy to give up all the code blacks, blues, browns and reds of hospital life. I am happy not to be tired all the time.
That’s not saying that I do not appreciate what that life has given me in return – a wage, a retirement income, an education in life and death, comradeship and many other unnameable things. But there is a season for everything. There is a time for every purpose under Heaven. There is life outside the hospital corridors, the bedpan alleys. This is the time for me. That is what I know for sure.
It’s been 5 full months since ‘retirement’. I have not been idle or bored. There’s not enough time in the day for that. There’s so much of ‘me’ to recover, revamp and rediscover. Where have I been all my life? It really is an adventure this thing call retirement. It’s a renewal. What a great time to recognize it – on the brink of a new year.
Happy New Year to all.