I think I am going to do it.
I think I will retire by the end of the year.
I originally started this blog when I was first contemplating taking this step. My blog description includes this information:
I am approaching retirement. I am trying to figure out what comes next…
In spite of having written that I really had not seriously taken serious steps in making the decision or in figuring anything out. One of my concerns had been finding meaningful activities to replace my career which I have put my heart and soul into for more than 20 years. That is how the blog originated. I now know that blogging is something that I enjoy and on which I could spend a lot of time if I end up feeling a void that needs to be filled.
I have been eligible to retire for a couple of years. However, my daughter would still be on my health insurance until she turned 26. Because our retirement health insurance is affordable for one person but very pricey for dependents I decided to keep working until she turned 26. That happened this past February.
My boss has been planning to retire before the end of this year. I had promised her that I would keep working at least until she retired. She recently announced that she would be retiring in October. That removed another one of the reasons I had for not yet retiring.
Even though I had said that I would stay until she retired I thought I would keep working until I became eligible for Social Security which is another 3 years. I thought I would not want to work again when I retire from this job. But my boss starting talking about getting a private sector job for a couple of years which related to the jobs we do in the public sector but that would offer some more financial security. The more she talked about doing that, the more that seemed like a viable option for me as well. I don’t know if I would actually go for another job but I can consider it.
There are going to be more big changes in my job. It has long been recognized that my assigned duties are more than should realistically be handled by one person. There is a new director and a new assistant director of our organization. They are reorganized things. I think they have some really good ideas. It is one of those situations when it takes someone from the outside to analyze what the issues are. With the retirement of my boss who is the most experienced of anyone on staff, they feel this is a good time to implement other changes. Part of me finds that to be very exciting and I would love to see the direction in which they would move. Another part of me questions if I really want to deal with such a huge transition. Do I want to have to deal with a new supervisor and possibly different job duties? How easily at this stage of my life can I adapt to massive changes.
My bottom line thinking has always been that I want to be in the situation when I am not enjoying my job anymore I will be free to leave. I haven’t gotten there yet. I do find, however, that I do not deal as well as I once did with frustration brought on my outside issues. I still really love the work and the people I deal with on a regular basis but I am less patient in dealing with the problems.
All of these things made me realize now is the time for me to walk into retirement. I have put the wheels in motion. Today I got the official estimate of what my retirement benefits will be. That last tidbit of information which confirmed the fact that my finances will be ok convinces me that there is no reason to keep working. I am still a little nervous about it, but I sure think I am going to do it. I expect I will be out of the office by the end of the year.
I have never stated what my job is other than to say it is in the public sector. That is because the nature of my job is rather public and I don’t want to be known on this blog by the job that I do. Maybe when I am gone I will finally reveal the work that I have done these many years.