If you have been following my blog, you know that after 43 years of teaching I have finally decided to retire! I know it is the right time. I am not sure what will come next. I have cleaned a corner of the basement for reading and writing. I have books boxed up to take to classrooms. I am cleaning out file folders and desk drawers. It is feeling great to unclutter my life. I am still reading professional books and articles. That probably will never end, it is just a part of me.
One of the reasons I want to retire is to have more time to work out. My husband and I walk with Dave, our golden retriever, every morning and again at night. We have a work out room in the basement where we do weights and workout routines from videos. But, I want to walk in the middle of the afternoon. I want to get back to running without having to head right to bed afterward. I want to get the bike back down and go for those long bike rides again. Yes, exercising like I want, is a reason to retire.
I also want to be able to travel. I absolutely LOVE New York City! I love the theater. I love walking the Brooklyn Bridge. I love shopping in Manhattan. I love Central Park. I want to be able to visit that great city more often. We have been planning a trip to Hawaii for a long time. That is going to take a long vacation...now I will be able to do that. I have past students all over the USA and would love to visit them! So, traveling is a reason to retire.
Playing and being with Dave is a very important reason to retire. I want to take more walks, play more ball, and cuddle on cold rainy days. I want to take him to agility. I want to go to the state park in the fall and walk the trails. Not sure Dave is so excited about my retiring, but that is a reason to retire.
However, today I have the best reason of all to retire. We got a peek at our newest grandchild. It is just a "picture", but it is enough to get us excited. ANOTHER REASON TO RETIRE IS TO SPEND TIME WITH MY NEW GRAND DAUGHTER!!!!