Thursday, February 02, 2012
Returning to work after being retired for 5 years draws a lot of comments. Everyone seems to think you really need money OR you are bored out of your skull.
In my case, neither is true. I have never been bored. Never. I don’t remember ever sitting around thinking “I don’t have anything to do”. I enjoyed all my friends and family and interests and the freedom to wake up each morning and choose what I’d do today. I was fortunate to have more than one stream of income when I retired and had no problem living within my means with some left over.
I’ve always been a very hard worker. I ENJOY working. I miss working with the public – the sometimes grouchy, unhappy public (especially when you work in the criminal justice system) and the often fearful public, confused about what to do next.
I also missed the satisfaction of a job well done – a sense of accomplishment in completing a task. You may not realize it when you have been working all your life, but you do face a challenge of sorts at work every day, and you tackle it, resolve it and go home with the right to feel you have done well.
A few jobs have been offered me over the past five years, but I was still de-stressing. Most of the pain issues I had with my back and hip went away and I know the rest and swimming and other good exercise helped heal me. So when this job was offered to me, I thought about it overnight, consulted with a few people close to me, and accepted it.
I knew I’d be really tired at first, maybe for 2 or 3 weeks. I am. The first few days were really tiring, but exciting as well. I’m 5 days into it now and beginning to feel normal again and my body is not complaining much at all. I look forward to going in every morning, and yes, I’ll be looking forward to my first paycheck. It goes in my “house fund” for various projects this year, starting with a new privacy fence.
So, while I wasn’t bored or destitute, I was missing some “satisfaction” and knew that if I didn’t take my chance this one last time, I might miss it all together. I’m 63 and will probably enjoy working for another couple of years, so why not?
Besides, I believe the Universe keeps offering me these opportunities for a reason. Who am I to resist?