Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday, Monday

Oh, it is another Monday morning. I really don't mind Monday mornings because I really like my life. I like my job. I like going to it. I like the people I work with, so I enjoy seeing them on Monday mornings after an absence of a weekend. I wouldn't mind going back to bed for a couple of hours right now, but I am sure I will get to work and forget that I am tired.

I only have six and a half more years until I am sixty-five years old. I cannot imagine that. Others I know are counting down the days until they can retire. I am counting down the days in a different way. I want to keep going. I don't want to quit. I don't want my career to end. It will end when it does, and I am sure it will be OK, but for now, I want to keep going.

While others were busy getting their education and getting their careers started, I was busy in a life as an active alcoholic. And then it took me ten years of serious, nearly full-time work, to get sober. When I was 42 years old, I was ready to start work in earnest and start college. Kind of a late start, eh? So, no, at the age of 58 and a half, I am not nearly ready to think about retiring.

So I am grateful that I have a place to go this morning. And they actually want me there and pay me to be there.

Sounds like a good deal all the way around.

8 comments:

Patty said...

I sure can relate to all of that, Mary. Who knows what the next six years will bring? More than we could imagine I bet!

Julianne said...

This post gives me hope that maybe, with the meager start of an Associate's Degree I achieved in my youth, I can return to school and do what I've been talking about for years. Fear is what stops me. But I guess it begins with one tiny step, huh Mary?

Thank you for sharing this morning.

Syd said...

It does sound great MC. I have been in school or working in marine science since I was 15. I have 31 years at this job. Add to that my 3 years for a MS and 4 years for a Ph.D. I have loved the work, but now it is time for another great chapter. Life has lots to offer and I won't be bored.

Ed G. said...

Nice perspectives. I also am not either planning on or expecting to retire from anything. That was a myth and a lie that I followed based on a story from another time.

Today will be perfect if I let it be.

Blessings and aloha...

Garykfc said...

Sounds like when you go to work you are at home.

chitowngreg said...

Hey, 60 is the new 40. No reason to stop working if you don't want to. Have a good one!

A Friend of Bill said...

Thanks, that was such an uplifting and positive post. My Mondays are always depressing to me so it was so good to see it from a different perspective. Thank you for the inspiration!
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Scott said...

'tis a good feeling to love wha you do! I've discovered that feeling recently as well... It really makes things nice!