Today was supposed to be my last day of full-time work. Instead, I am home writing this post.
By mid-afternoon yesterday, all my files had been reassigned to my replacement, and The Boss told me if I wanted to I could leave at the end of the day. Today is a short day for many businesses, as Veteran’s Day is tomorrow – and the weatherman was predicting our first overnight snow with slippery conditions in the morning. And let’s not forget that I really didn’t want to be there anyway, especially if I had nothing to do all day. I would be paid for the day whether I was there or not. It was an easy decision.
So, today is officially my first day of unemployment/retirement.
Am I happy to be looking out the window watching the first occasional snowflakes and knowing I don’t need to go anywhere if I don’t want to? Absolutely.
Am I relieved to know I no longer have to deal with a single one of the problem files? Need I even answer that?
But I still had a somewhat sleepless night. Periodically, I would get a panicky feeling that I had forgotten to do something at work, that I had forgotten to call a client, that I had failed to relay some vital piece of information to the new hire. I constantly had to remind myself that those issues were no longer my problem.
Such is life in the business world. Yes, I’m happy to be away from that, even if only for a few months.
The game plan, as I mentioned before, is to take a few months off while the household renovations are completed, and while I find a way to resolve the latent anxiety. Then I intend to file for Social Security and supplement that with a part-time job of some kind – but definitely not the same type of job I just left!
And it’s going to be a rough ride. I’ll be living on what little savings I have, which means cutting back on the few pleasures I have. No new books, no wine purchases, no new videogames.
I have hundreds of videogames already downloaded, so that’s not an issue. I can get a library card and take out books whenever I need them – for free, so that’s not an issue.
But wine? That’s going to be a tough sacrifice. On the other hand, without the stress of The Job From Hell, I can forego that glass of wine at night. It will make my occasional sips that much more pleasurable.
Meanwhile, Puppy Cody and I are enjoying our time together, just sitting around and watching the outside world go by.
I can definitely get used to this.
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