...Semi-retired is not the same as retired. I have promised myself that 2020 will be part time teaching and no new projects, so I will be free to sail long weekends April, May and September, October with longer sails June, July and August...
If you get down to Rock Hall area, let me know your plans. I'd love to meet up with you like we did several years ago when we sailed the Delaware.
...So how do others handle the transition from work to retirement. Not picking up the phone, changing the phone number, moving with no forwarding address, learning to say NO?
I’m trying to figure this out now also. When you find out let me know
This topic probably deserves its own thread, since I have a feeling that many of us are in a similar stage of life. I'd love to get out of the daily whirlwind, but I've got a dozen reasons why it's not time yet. However, those reasons will never go away - I just have to decide to ignore them. Without getting into a laundry list, here are a few major points:
As Dave noted about himself on another thread, sailing does not define me. I enjoy it as a hard-earned escape from the pressures of work, but without those pressures it might just become perpetual escapism. Plus, it's awfully expensive with my current boat, and having such a large expense on a "fixed income" may play games with my psyche, even though my retirement advisor tells me I'll be able to afford it. Even now it plays games with my psyche, but I feel I need to do it while my mind and body are still able.
I really want a greater sense of purpose, and haven't figured out what my next step should be to get me there. I'm finishing my third term on School Board, where I was President and had served alongside our newly elected Congresswoman. I've seen her a few times since she went to DC, and everytime I run into her she says, "You're next. You should do what I did and move from School Board to Congress." (Last time my reply to her was, "find me a district to run in.") With my frequent travels to Milwaukee, I'm already feeling too detached from my community, and my next step needs to be something that brings me home.
In the end, what forces me to retire may be something more personal like my father taking ill and needing my help. He's alone down in Virginia, about 4-5 hours away by car. My sister is only about an hour from him, but there's a lot of tension there, and I could imagine walking away from work to help him.
First, baby steps: For the first time in my life, I'm going to "buy" an extra week of vacation in 2020. Hey, it's a start. With a daughter in Japan, a son in Seattle, and another son that could end up anywhere, there's a lot I should do with the extra week...maybe even do a week-long sail, which we've never done.