Happy Independence Day! For me, today is a personal independence day of sorts. I retired from a very long and rewarding career in commercial banking. I’ve worked with some really talented and hard working people over the years and I will miss them. But it’s time for a new phase, a new life, and new adventures. This week I am thinking about transitions. Retirement is a big one!
I knew I would have to find something interesting and rewarding to fill the void left after the end of a career that was interesting every day. So how to transition from the fast paced life of the fully employed to a fully engaged retiree? With the help of Holly Bull at The Center for Interim Programs, I have planned an exciting year of travel and experiences. My goal was to marry places I want to visit/live with experiences that would help grow my world view. I don’t want to just be a tourist, but rather part of a community. So I will spend a couple of months volunteering in South Africa; studying French in France and Art History in Italy.
But this week is about the transition. So what better way to go from long, stimulating days of work and responsibility to a slower pace of learning and helping, and experiencing new and wonderful worlds? How about an ashram in the Catskills? Works for me….I think. Yoga and meditation will be a new experience and hopefully a smooth transition to a new life. Wish me luck.