WHEN SHOULD I RETIRE?

retirement

I didn’t really begin a career until thirty some years ago, when my children were in high school.  During that time, they were attending a school that didn’t have a drama department and since I always enjoyed that part of my own high school experience, I volunteered to get it started.  I had no formal training so I went back to college and took as many theater classes as I could.  Thirteen years of volunteering later, I found I loved doing it so much that I continued to teach in other venues.

When I “retired” at 65 I had a 5 year plan to phase out of work and actually begin to enjoy my old age. Somehow I can’t seem to give it up.  I enjoy bringing out the best in kids – showing them that they matter and have a voice.  I love to see them develop self-confidence and growth through drama.

Now my hearing is beginning to fail me and I’ve become the grandma I used to tell my students to speak loudly to.  My voice isn’t as strong as it used to be and it often cracks.  My memory is slowly ebbing and often escapes me entirely.  Still, I feel I have something to offer.  I know the day will come when I can no longer physically do this, but I almost hope I die first so I don’t have to experience the pain of withdrawal .

God’s word tells us about many great things were accomplished by the elder in society.  For example Noah completed building the ark when he was over 600 years old.  Moses was 120 years when he died and he still had all his faculties.  On the other hand, the Son of God, Jesus, lived for only 33 years and oh the things He packed into His time on earth.

 

 

 

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About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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11 Responses to WHEN SHOULD I RETIRE?

  1. Kathy, I can relate to everything you say. Four years ago, I thought I was ready to sit still, but now I’m looking forward to finding a full-time job in two years. Can’t seem to leave teaching behind me :)!

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I think God gives us these final years to share what we’ve learned over time. Children need the wisdom of old fogies too. Thanks for your comment. Glad you’re still working.

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  2. I can very well imagine how hard it is to let go of something that you’ve done for so long and love doing. I think you should keep at it until you just can’t be able to. Blessings Kathy 🙂

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Thanks, Jacqueline. I feel pretty much the same way. We have many things going on in our lives right now too and that’s all tugging at me. We’re going to move from the house we’ve lived in for 24 years. My husband has had some serious health issues and we both need to work to make ends meet. Social security doesn’t nearly cover our expenses. However, this isn’t the driving force for me to work. I really love being with young people and feel younger because of it. Thanks for your comment.

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      • Ah you’ve got a lot going on indeed. Social security hardly does much for folks anymore and that’s really sad that these days people can no longer retire quietly. They’ve got to worry about a good number of things. The love you’ve got for what you are doing shows in your voice and you should keep it up. My regards

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        Thanks for your kind encouragement!

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  3. When I retired almost 4 years ago, I had 31 years in and I was tired. Yet the main reason I opted to call it quits when I was just 53 was to shift gears and being caring for my dad and stepmother.
    My principal and superintendent begged me to stay as I had spent my entire career within this school system and at this high school.
    I often felt that it was my ministry—despite the separation of Church and State, teaching is a vocation, just like the priesthood and I felt the kids needed a ground voice.
    But education is evolving, as is this country, as is the “state”—I did not nor do I like how that “evolving” is going.
    The kids were more and more angry and difficult.
    So I stuck by my guns when I told them I would retire at the end of the year—and yes, it was hard—hard because I had spent my entire life in a school setting—from being student to teacher—my life evolved around a classroom.
    I missed the routine, I missed my colleagues, I missed the kids (most of them)
    But I knew God had other things in mind—being caregiver is hard—one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do—
    I started the blog shortly after retirement because this teacher still had things to say—but it will not be your undoing Kathy if you choose to walk away.
    However if you still enjoy it and still feel viable then by all means press on—I just knew that the kids probably would benefit from some younger enthusiasm and energy rather than dealing with Yoda—as I felt I had become the old wise one to the both the kids and younger teachers…
    Either way—God will continue using you Kathy—He isn’t done with you that easily 🙂

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I know everything you say is true. I work with mainly younger children k thru 8th grade, in a Christian school. Children need so much attention now. They are starving for information, but they have gotten away from communicating face to face with people. That’s why I feel that what I do is so important. I work with middle school kids on public speaking and am always delighted to see the quiet ones emerge as butterflies. Same with my acting kids K thru high school. When give a task they usually work hard to achieve it. Even in my “safe” environment there are kids who long for advice, attention, love and some are from blended family homes. Parents don’t have time to teach basic values like respect, compassion, team work, etc. if I quit now I wouldn’t feel bad,but I would miss having them in my life. I’m sure you were one of the “great” teachers. I can tell that you loved it too.

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