Sunday, October 21, 2012

October 23, 2023

It might seem crazy, but I've already decided on my retirement date.  I know people who are retired and see how much they are enjoying life.  Not that I'm not enjoying my life.  I just want to enjoy it on my own schedule. 

How much fun would it be to volunteer at an animal shelter rather than work at one?  As Executive Director I have plenty on my plate.  Often, I will wake up in the middle of the night and make lists in my mind of my priorities for the week.  It never includes taking the shelter dogs for a walk or playing with the cats.  Sometimes I will have a shelter dog in my office but then I feel guilty if I take time away from my work to take the dog out for potty breaks or stop to pet it and give it treats.  I know I shouldn't feel guilty because, after all, animals are why I do what I do.

So why do I feel guilty, and why have I set my retirement date?  Because I never feel like I have enough time.  All of my work needs to be perfect.  There are goals to make and meet.  Should I be having fun while I work?  Absolutely!  Should I look forward to more fun?  Absolutley!  So, I have something to look forward to in a big way.  But for now, I have a grant to apply for, paychecks to sign, a fundraiser to prepare for, and so forth and so on........

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