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Saying Goodbye to Your #Career … #retire #retirement #retireinspired

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When I left my job for the last time, I drove away with a tear in my eye. I played a sad song on the CD player, drove down the street, and prayed that I made the right decision. My mind still wanted to work, but my body was tired. Job stress was affecting my health. When I was younger, I could ignore or shake off the stress. In my mid 50s, I started feeling the effects of stress. I had to make a choice between the nice paychecks and my health/life. I had worked so long and hard to establish my career, and advance through the corporate ranks. I didn’t want to give it up, but I had to. I did not want to push the limits, and end up on a gurney in an emergency vehicle heading to the hospital! I wanted to walk away on my own terms with my head held high.

It has been one year since I retired. I don’t regret my decision at all. During the past year, my focus has been my health. Every single day, I focus on getting enough rest, eating right, drinking lots of water, exercising at least 30 minutes per day. I try my best to stay calm, but I have had some challenges. My husband and I retired at the same time, so we are both in the house at the same time (smiles). It is a huge adjustment. We talk alot so we can work though the logistics, misunderstandings, … The one thing I miss about the workplace is the social interaction. I miss some of my co-workers, so I try to stay in touch via email, and having lunch every now and then.

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