Retirement Comes For Us All

A good friend of mine retired today, with a little pomp and circumstance and an overly-sweet retirement cake.

Cal is my work friend. He was the director of our Science catalogs, I was his coordinator for 11 years, meaning I put his product numbers into Filemaker, proofread his catalog pages,  and generally helped keep his p’s and q’s in order.

Somewhere between the p and the q we started talking about writing. Not many people at work know I have a blog, nor do they know about all the writing I’ve done. But somehow Cal and I found a common ground outside of work and started talking about writing, then shared our stories and writings.

As you all know, it’s hard to find someone who shares your passion. Whether it’s fishing or golf or writing, not everybody is in tune to what you’re tuned into. So to find another writer within the vanilla cubicle confines of my daily abode was a gem in the making.

Like any company, mine is in flux. Growing, expanding, taking new directions. The old guard is leaving and a younger, fresher version is moving in. What worked 5, 10 years ago doesn’t work today. So the prospect of retirement is sweeter for many of us over the age of 60.

We are not getting squeezed out as much as slowing down. I am as bright, as creative, as I was 20 years ago. But I must admit that at 64 my processing computer isn’t quite as fast as it used to be. So by the time I retire I will be so glad to let corporate America pass me by.

You don’t always think about retirement — hell, until recently for me it was something that was far, far away. But since I can’t fight time, I might as well embrace it.

That’s what my friend Cal will be doing. I’m sure he’s had plenty of ups and downs in his life. But finally things are coming together and the doors have opened to his “next” career. Maybe it will be writing. Maybe he will travel and become a professional traveler.

Maybe he will just enjoy the next 30 years of his life.

In the end, that’s what we all hope will happen to us. Isn’t it? A chance to spend another quarter of our life waking up when we want to.  A chance to spoil grand kids, work in your garden, paint paintings, meet friends for lunch. Eating breakfast at noon and lunch at 5. Finally doing whatever it is you’ve always wanted to do.

Cal, I wish you open roads, low scoring golf games, and a writing career that rivals J.K. Rowlings. There’s no doubt your stories will rival those of Asimov. After all — you are the Science Guy —

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10 thoughts on “Retirement Comes For Us All

  1. My dear friend, I am retired for about 2 years now and I don’t understand how on earth I used to have time for a full time job…..my days are just too short !!!

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  2. Retirement is an awkward statement for me, because of my particular circumstances, I’ve not worked full-time for over 35 years, and here I am now at 66, still working casually at my plumbing profession, and wondering, where I’m going in my life. And I have no answers for myself, so I continue to plod along and try to stay happy and comfortable within my world…… .Cheers Claudia, and to your dear friend Cal, may he enjoy a long and healthy retirement …

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    1. Sometimes we spend our whole life thinking we’re going nowhere. Retirement doesn’t change that. But that’s not true. You have grown so much as a person in the last 30 years, whether you know it or not. Your life experiences have blossomed like a flower and have added wisdom and encouragement to everyone around you. Just because you don’t have a company or a time clock to leave behind doesn’t mean you haven’t left a legacy behind. You have. And since you’re still working, you have experiences to still discover!

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      1. Dear Claudia, thank you so much for your thoughtful words of encouragement, and so wonderfully kind of you to think of me. and I think I know I’ve grown into a better person, and it’s super wonderful to be so nicely reminded of that….. And thank you for emailing your story to me, I might be able to read it this evening, although my persistent head pain is definitely so very tiring….. Anyhow I’ll get back to you soon. Cheers and Hugs…..

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