This is my last year to work full-time at Lone Star College, and it marks my silver anniversary. Twenty-five years filled with teaching, administrative tasks, engaging with colleagues, motivating students–making a difference. It’s been a glorious ride, doing meaningful work. I have been relunctant to retire because I love my job.
But I feel a stirring in my soul. I want to spend more energy helping women give voice to their life stories. However, as I told my sweetie, I do not want to make it a business.Instead, I want to take my time and follow my heart.
It will be a challenge. I have been addicted to “busyness” most of my life. In fact, someone commented that I should be slowing down, but I laughed and said that I’d decided to finish strong. And I will; it’s in my nature. After that, however, I am going to bask in the late afternoon of life.
My plans? I plan develop workshops for women and bear witness to their evocative stories, both in person and online. I’ll finish that second novel that is hiding in plain sight in my computer. I’ll travel with my sweetie in the RV that he bought for us three weeks ago and plant the seeds for women’s story circles as we motor throughout the nation.
I will not, however, do any of this hurriedly. Busyness is not part of my post-retirement plan.
And if those plans don’t work out?
“Let go of the life you planned and embrace the life you are meant to live” reads one of the quotations prominently placed above my computer in my home office. What better reminder for today, Feb. 14, 2016?