And still being a productive member of society. Today is my 70th birthday, and I don’t feel a day over 69! Today was a day much like any other. Wake up at 5:10AM, dress, eat breakfast (after feeding the owner), leave for work and arrive at 6:00 on the dot. Do my normal job, fend off dozens of emails, place some orders… We have a “birthday meeting” in our department, and the birthday person gets their choice of sweets. We had my favorite pineapple, and 2-bite cupcakes. And nobody sang Happy Birthday. Well, not until after work, when we went to a great local Chinese restaurant for Happy (birthday) Hour. That was fun, and my boss, and her boss both came.
I simply can’t imagine being retired, and not earning my keep. I love my work, and I learn something every day. I help solve problems, and keep the company running. It just feels great to be valued. I don’t want to stop working, and have to live off others, even if I’ve earned it. I like making my own decisions, and having something to get up for in the morning. I’m on the Clint Eastwood Retirement Plan. He is over 90, and still working at his trade, directing and starring in movies. When he retires, maybe I’ll think about it.
[Edit] Silly me! I forgot the one duty I have that especially keeps me going! That would be the monthly task of compiling the ISM-Western Washington Report on Business, which I have been doing for 20 years, since 1999. In all those 20 years, I have only missed one month. Yep, just one; that was June of 2006, when my husband and I spent two weeks in New York, after I played Carnegie Hall with the Everett Symphony. I have made new friends, contributed to my chapter (which won the ISM Chapter of the Year this year), and performed a vital service to ISM and the business and financial communities. If I am late sending out results, I receive emails from recipients wondering why they have not received them. It is very gratifying to be able to contribute to the Chapter and to National. Even after I retire, I plan to continue compiling the Survey.
So I think I’ll just continue on the Rabbi Daniel Lapin Retirement Program. Don’t.