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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