Over the past few months I've wondered whether I'd wake up some nights in a cold sweat, remembering my decision to retire, thinking "What have I done?" On the contrary, almost every day brings me new confirmation that I am ready for this change, and that my timing is excellent. Apart from a desire to get onto other things and in my own timeframe (and don't I LOVE the first Q.&A. in my previous post: The retiree's week? 6 Saturdays and 1 Sunday), I am feeling more keenly being cooped up in a small workspace, where due to an open floorplan with high sided dividing panels I am simultaneously cut off from colleagues yet still do not have a quiet space. And then there's the issue of no access to windows - as I sit here in my study at home, looking out onto the garden, being able to see the sky, I will really appreciate being able to do that, day after day, and going outside into the day, into the garden.
And the public workspace is getting noisier : mobile phones, laptops booting up with the sound on, large groups of students speaking loudly (yes, I am talking about a library). Mooted changes to that workspace in the coming months do not bode well for improvement, and reinforce my choice of retirement date as well-timed. I'm outta here! (well, in a week's time anyway).
I know there will be adjustments to lifestyle to be made, but that will be dealt with just as motherhood was dealt with, and still dealing with. That doesn't stop, does it! I've appreciated the comments and emails I've received from people on the topic of retirement. Thanks! I am looking forward to sharing this stage of my life with not only people I see, but also with what I call my blogger buddies. Some of you have embarked on retirement already, and it's good to exchange experiences.