After Retiring, Then What?

couple looking at the horizon

couple looking at the horizon

This is the ordinary question that keeps on haunting me while waiting for 100 days to retire from the government service. By October 2016, I would be completing my 25 years in the Department of Education as a classroom teacher, a head teacher, and a school principal.

I would be missing my previous teachers, my co-administrators and especially my 7 schools which 6 out of these schools, I had administered and supervised the teachers and had a communication with the stakeholders particularly the parents and the community elected officials who had worked for hand in hand with me for the good of the school and for the academic welfare of the pupils.

By the way, I am a public elementary school principal and I would be retiring from the said position. It would mixed feelings of sadness, excitement, and happiness.

I would be sad for I would be leaving my efficient, supportive teachers. I would be sad for I would be missing the kids who need my kind, generous attention to supervising them for them to receive a quality education as expected by the DepEd. I would be sad for I would no longer talking with the problematic parents, the inquisitive resident of the community.

It would be, of course, the height of excitement to free myself from the tedious job of administering, supervising the school. It would be a feeling of excitement to relieve myself of copious, monthly reports and documents to submit to the Division Office. I am excited to live as an ordinary citizen, as a private community resident.

And it would be the everlasting happiness to be with my own family, with my beloved, ever-supportive wife. I could spend much time with her, talk to her unpressured, and have a date with her as often as I would. We will be together waking up, strolling together, and taking a daily brisk walking around the community. The more we get together, the happier we are.

By the age of 65, I would be creating my new world. What kind of world would it be? Would be colorful? Wonderful? Is it a bed of roses? Or would it be the other way around? I hope it wouldn’t be!

I would be devoting my ample time to serving the Lord. My wife and I would be happy to serve the members of our Church in our own unique way and according to the will of the Lord. We will do our best to keep our baptism covenant to make our family together forever. For we know we could do it. We have already done the ordinance in keeping that commitment inside the temple of the Lord.

We will be living as usual sans reporting to school, attending conferences, meetings in relation to my administrative job as a school head. It would be a new hope, a new horizon, a new life.

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    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      That is a big event in my life after 25 long years of faithful service in the government.

  1. Gil Camporazo Post author

    Thank you. Actually, that is the general point is to enjoy my private life with my family members. My wife, in fact, has told me to take the time for my family, for her, of course. I would, of course, surely do it.

  2. Daisy

    I was forced into retirement early because coming home to the Philippines I could not work being an “alien” but now I care for my mom making use of the knowledge as a nurse which she has provided me with.

  3. Gil Camporazo Post author

    @purpledaisy56 Nice to hear from you especially that you’re back here in the country to take care personally your mother. I know the Lord has a good plan for you why you are forced to retire. Only God knows what is right for you, for your family, and for the rest of your life. You may not question of what has happened to your life, but rather to accept it with open arms. You are more at ease and comfortable in your own country. There is less danger and you are very near to your family which you could serve them anytime. You are now happy serving your mother. How’s that?

  4. Daisy

    yes at least I will have no regrets in a family of 4 3 brothers and me I am the only left here for her so whatever happens I have no regrets and I will be happy to have been with her when she needed me she will be 91 this dec 🙂

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      I will surely. Writing is a lifetime. Contract employment has a termination. So in writing, I will always be on the go.

  5. Gil Camporazo Post author

    It is barely two months to go to say adieu to my first vocation in life, teaching. My retirement would be another challenge and a gateway to a private life. I would be freeing myself of doing stressful job which requires deadlines, lot of paper works, pretense, among others.

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