I’m fed up with being asked, have you retired? I’m not sure how to respond . . . it’s easier to say yes but that’s far from true. If I say no, I have to explain and I have an intense dislike for explaining or justifying myself.
When you check the definition of retirement the meanings are all basically the same . . . no longer being involved. Whether it’s going to bed, retreating from a battle, leaving your job or withdrawing for rest and seclusion it’s all so, so similar . . . so no, I haven’t and won’t be retiring any time soon even though I have chosen not to work at the job that gave me so much satisfaction for most of my working life.
Just because I decided to become gainfully unemployed for the time being does not mean I am retired. In fact I’m not withdrawing from anything, rather I am propelling myself toward so many new adventures, some of which may yield income and some not, that I’m spoiled for choice! I still have an interest in education (my former profession) but my focus is now, quite simply, elsewhere. I am not financially rich neither nor financially poor . . . I’m somewhere in the middle I guess but I am richer now in ways that I never have been before in my life.
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” This wonderful quote by Dorothy Parker seems to indicate I have a condition for life . . . no retirement for me! So no, I have not retired and while my brain functions, my heart beats and a desire to be creative and curious continues to be part of who I am, I never will be.