I have mentioned to a few people that “Lord willing and the creek don’t rise” as my grandmother would say, I plan to retire in five years. It isn’t set in concrete and I might change my mind, but my current license expires then. I’ll be 67 and Gary will be 73. We’ll both be a little older and slower. We’d like to spend more time together. So I’ve started thinking about it.
What occupies my thoughts is not how I will survive financially, although that has been a consideration for many years. What I think about the most is what I will do with my time when it is no longer spent teaching. You know I am not a soap opera, Dr. Phil, knitting kind of gal. I need to have a plan for a “useful life”. So I am observing and talking with my friends who started retiring about three years ago and I’m learning lessons from them. Some are substituting at their school or different ones nearby. Some are working at other jobs. Some are going to school to learn new things and achieve personal goals. Some have started businesses. Some are helping their children by caring for their grandchildren. Some are doing more work for their church. Some are doing things put off for years- traveling, crafts, painting. Most are trying to find a balance between generating a modest supplemental income and having a much more flexible schedule than they did while teaching. Sounds good to me!
You know I have some very specific areas of interest: writing, photography, genealogy, gardening. I think I might be able to generate some income from writing or genealogy. I minored in art and would love to take some painting classes. I’d like to improve my photography skills. Tutoring individual students appeals to me. So…some things to think about for the next few years. It might seem early, but time really does fly when you are having fun, or planning ahead for it!!