Earlier this year, I was struggling with life.
In May, my boss and I moved upstairs in our building and everyone else stayed downstairs.
This may not sound terribly tumultuous but I missed my friends who were all still downstairs and who were no longer seeing me everyday. I dropped by for visits from time to time but it was always me going to see them and they didn't come to see me and I missed them and I felt like I was nagging and needy when I tried to explain how isolated I felt upstairs without all the normal office noises.
To top that off, my job duties slowed down a lot and I was feeling bored with most of what I was doing.
I was supposed to retire August 31, 2020, which was my earliest non-reduced pension date.
But, I was depressed about that as well. I didn't want to retire at the end of my two favourite seasons -- spring and summer. I wanted to enjoy my spring and summer outside. I figured out it was only $10 less per month if I retired at the end of July so that news cheered me up a bit.
In the meantime, my darling husband was working the numbers and figured out that it was only $90 less PER YEAR if I retired at the end of April 2020 and surprise, surprise, my lacklustre view of life improved immensely.
I honestly didn't even know I was depressed until DH told me I could retire 4 months earlier and could therefore, spend as much or as little time outside in May, June, July and August 2020!
So, now I'm retiring April 30, 2020 and will be having a retirement party at work that night.
And, oh yeah, I'm turning 60 next year, too, which is a little scary since 60 sounds so old to me but the whole retirement thing is helping ease my pain.
And, my sisters are throwing me a 60th Birthday/Retirement Party on May 30, 2020, which will start with a visit to a spa for me and my 4 younger sisters and then lunch somewhere. After lunch, my sisters are going back to my 3rd youngest sister's house to get the party ready and I'm to go home and have a nap or something and then DH and I are going to my party. I've asked that his family attend, too.
So, all of this is the reason I've been so disconnected from my friends on SparkPeople recently.
And, I want to apologize to my friends, Cyndi, Laurel and Julee for missing their birthdays. I was aware of them but just couldn't be bothered to do anything about them.
And, as one more side note, I've also been having a lot of knee, hip and ankle pain most of the year so that's not helping either.
But, I'm currently on vacation and have started preparing for all my upcoming changes and it's only 247 days until I'm retired and life is grand.