Holy cow, I’m retired! After 26 years of teaching high school on a military base in Germany, I’m back in the USA – what a enormous change!
I began this blog project in hopes of exploring and sharing the process of reinvention in my 50s. OK – “reinvention” is a much-overused phrase these days, but it expresses the hopes and possibilities that this decade presents, now that my daughter has flown the nest and I have some free time to pursue plans and projects that were previously drowned in the demands of my schedule as a working mother. I wanted to write about fitting the good life into my busy life.
But suddenly, at age 51, I was presented with an amazing gift – early retirement! My employer’s need to get rid of some of the workforce turned into a blessing for me, just as I was beginning to burn out, professionally. I wasn’t flaming yet, but I was smoking a bit around the edges. My pension is small, so I’ll have to be frugal and clever, but my time is my own! This is what I’ve dreamed of – every morning, as that alarm clock jolted me from my sleep at O Dark Thirty. (That’s far too freakin’ early, for those of you who don’t understand military jargon.)
And that’s not all! I’m also newly married to a wonderful man, and living in a new (to us) home in a new (to me) place – Tacoma, Washington. After nearly 30 years of living in Germany, I have to learn how to be a proper American again. (OK – perhaps not so proper.) So here I sit, at my computer, pondering what to do with my shiny new life. The possibilities are dazzling – and daunting, and also a bit scary. In this blog, I’ll chronicle my reinvention into a – what? Writer, fitness fanatic, dancer…who knows? Will you join me and share your own adventures in reinvention?