I attended a retirement workshop today for people interested in retiring within the next year. I will be officially retiring when I leave the Salem-Keizer school district. What a strange feeling I had while listening to the PERS presenter; It was so odd to be planning for another phase of my life. I really don’t know when I will retire completely, but the best part of this first phase of retirement is the extra money I will receive monthly! It almost feels like a gift.
The other thing that is hard to grasp is that my older brother is 67 yrs. old, I am 63 and my younger brother is 59. Where did all of the time go? Just saying all of those numbers is mind-blowing, yet we are all pretty young-spirited. There is so much we don’t know about life when we are young, and in many ways it is unfortunate that we have to live so long to make the discoveries. I am a very different person now than I was before we moved to Oregon. I understand myself so much better, and I even appreciate myself more. I only hope I will have many opportunities in this next phase of my life to experience my growth.