Honey, I’m Home. I’m Done with My Work


What do you think if you overheard your spouse saying this? What would you be your exact reaction? Would you be happy? Apprehensive? Anxious? I don’t know if my wife was happy when I went home after a birthday bash and a farewell party showered to me by my the parents, pupils, and the teachers of my school.

I have been in the government service as a classroom teacher for two seven years and a school head for 16 years. And on October 13, I turned 65 years old. It is the age for a state employee to take a compulsory retirement. On that day, I had a mixed feeling either I had to be happy or I had to be sad.

Sad for I would be leaving those school kids whom I learned to love, enjoyed to mingle every day, shared jokes and advice. Sad for I would be leaving the stakeholders of the school particularly the parents and the community officers who gave their all-out support to the programs and projects of the school.

On the other hand, I would be happy for I would be releaved of my day-to-day duties and responsibilities which greatly are affecting my well-being. They’re in nature stressful. I would be happy for I have to free myself from burden, trouble and problem which always are occuring in the school. I would be happy for I would be at home all the time, playing with my 3-year old granddaughter, helping my wife doing her chores like laundering, cooking, cleaning the house, going marketing, and everything.

Well, I would be sad and I would be happy. I have no choice but to take those feelings in an open hands.
What Would Be the Feeling of a Retired Person?

Since I had earlier mentioned that I would be sad and I would be happy. But the sad feeling is overpowered by a happy one. Why? My wife is for sure would be happy too for I would be with her all the time. We would be working together to make her routine job every day light and easy.

I have the maximum time to do whatever I want without pressure or someone demanding me on what to do, someone to serve and follow her order. I could follow my regular time to take an early brisk walking to make myself healthy and fit, to sleep comfortably without thinking that I have to wake up early to catch up with the meeting or conference.

I would be free as a wind for I could go to places without hassle and pressure from my superior. I would be bringing my wife, my granddaughter to the places they love to visit. I would spend my retirement pay for real estate like land and house.

Well, I am ready for all of these. Honey, I’m here. My job is over. Let’s celebrate!

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    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      You will fade. You won’t stay young forever. As the earth revolves around the sun and days are and years go. The age will also increase and eventually people will become old.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      It is on the mind that speaks of the youthful age of a person. Physically he matures but his mind tells him that he is still young, even young forever. Have you not heard of a song, forever young popularized by Alphaville? Check this out to listen to it – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1TcDHrkQYg

  1. Gina M. Menorca

    I believe that when you retire it is the payoff of all the long years you have devoted working for the people you care and love. It is the time you give for yourself. The government takes care of you, your loved ones are very solicitous of your well-being, the community gives you the priority. Retire means rest from all the responsibilities just relaxing and enjoy life.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      You got the point. I am practically relieved from the stressful time on handling people, on taking orders from the superior. I don’t even have time for my family for I prioritize my work over my family responsibility. Now I am free. I have now sufficient time with my family.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      That’s the tendency of every man, But you can count me. I am not shrugging off my responsibility.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      You got the point. Now is the time that I enjoy my life to the fullest with my loving wife and ever supportive children and grandchildren.

  2. Jo Pin

    I remember that famous line from Senator Ralph Recto. Retirement is not the end of our working days or hours. But more responsibility is at stake. It is a choice of doing what you want to do. You are now the boss.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      That could be. You are more relaxed and you could manage your time and your activity,.

  3. The Ordinary Girl

    My mother retired and she had been working in education sector all her life. She was apprehensive and we were also apprehensive as she was used to a busy life and all of sudden she would be at home. We feared she’d be bored as all her kids are married with families and my father passed away long time ago. But, she managed well. She picked up all the hobbies she had left due to lack of time. She keeps herself busy in different project like writing books and all.

    So, I’d say .. good for you to now be your own boss and manage your own time! Make the most of it!

    I wish you good luck 🙂

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Thank you. I would be now privilege to do what I want to do for I am the one who could plan my work without someone to supervise me except my wife of course.

  4. MitchRyan's Blog

    I’ve heard many stories from retirees about their lives. These made me really think of my own life too. I’ve asked myself what would I do then and how would I make it happen. I am thankful about retirees opening up about their lives because I learn from them and could prepare for my own life after retiring.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      It is good for you that you have a plan in advance. Soon when you retire you will know what is going on and you will appreciate a life is free from responsibility and accountability from a boss.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Yes I will. I will enjoy with my family for sure. This is the best opportune time to be with them the whole activity without thinking for the next day to work on in the office.

  5. Fred

    Retirement can be good or bad depending on how it is being lived. You should take advantage of retirement and learn a new craft or take a totally unrelated job. We make the most of the time given to us.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      That is true. We are now in our own. Nobody is to be considered as boss or manager or whatever. I am now free from the day to day routine or job.

  6. Claire Algarme

    Retirement is an opportunity to do the other things you have never tried before, like maybe do a new hobby. You can focus yourself more on blogging, do a lot of crafting at home, indulge in some short trips within your vicinity, the list is endless. I believe that no one is too old not to learn something new. Take this as a phase for new things to explore. 🙂

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Thank you for this wonderful suggestion and all of them are possible. Actually these are already included in my list of priorities as a retiree.

  7. Mum Tuscany


    I know what you mean in a way. At the age of 29, after 3 years in the corporate world and 5 years in government service, I took an early retirement. I was both happy and sad too. Since then, I have been working from home and doing whatever I want. I know what you mean about being with your spouse 24/7. On the other hand, we are new parents at an old age of 38 so we’re balancing everything at home — taking care of our almost 1 year old son, doing chores (we have no helper nor yaya) and taking care of online stuff which we do at our own free time. Hopefully, when we get to your age, we would be able to relax more and sleep more. Hehehe. I think that’s what we are looking forward to right now. 😉

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Retiring from a job may be a choice for those who are under option to take a voluntary one. Anyone who has prioritized to retire early has the reason for it. In my case, I am already 65 years old whether I like it or not I have to retire. It is a compulsory age to retire in the government service. Well, it is time relax from a day-to-day duties and responsibilities I am hired to. I have now more time with my family, with my ever supportive wife.

  8. Shub

    After so many years of working, there will be some emptiness for sure. But after such a hardwork, it’s indeed time to relax and rejoice. All the best!

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Yes that is true. I am missing my good and cooperative subordinates who are under my supervision and administration. Anyway, I could recover from such emptiness later on as I am used to be without them.

  9. Tiffany Yong

    If it’s me, I don’t think I will ever panic if my boyfriend or husband announced that he’s done with work. I will be happy for him that he decides to move on to something better, or take a break or even have a change! Life’s ever changing! Congrats!

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Thank you. It depends on the situation which everyone especially the retiree would be facing. For it is not a surprise for it is a compulsory age of retirement. My wife is indeed very happy for it that I am at home after 25 years of faithful service to the government. I have now sufficient time with her.

  10. Elizabeth O

    Retirement can be very rewarding if we’ve laid a foundation of friendships, funds, service and hobbies to keep one occupied. Sadly, many people can’t afford to retire in economically depressed areas …

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      But as far as government service is concerned, upon reaching the age of 65, the employee must retire. It is a compulsory age of retirement.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      You are absolutely right. I would take much time to enjoy my retirement with my family, with my wife, and with my lovely grandchildren. I would be in a new world, a world of my own family.

  11. Ceci

    Agree, its time to do your own things and enjoy life. I remembered my young time when lived with my retired father. He stayed home with me the whole day.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      It is no surprise then. My grandchildren whom they stay with us while studying are so happy that I am with them. They often see me at home all the time. I do feel the same happiness they have had for that.

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