Warning: This will be a serious blog unlike the vast majority that I usually compose on Friday. Yet, I do try to see the humor and silver lining in just about everything, even a life-changing event.
I was prepared to do a blog on a re-cap of Lonestar and or a blog to joke about my ineptness once again with social media, but I find myself needing to write on a completely different topic. As of today after nearly 30 years in healthcare, I am retired. A little earlier than expected, but hey the possibilities are endless now.
I am wondering, could I actually become a full-time writer and make a go of it? Should I traipse around the country and do interim work? Become a housewife? Sex slave (I kinda like that option)? Or….
Life just got a whole lot more interesting for me today. I’ve been pondering early retirement for some time now and I do believe that when a door closes, a window opens. I’m just not quite sure which window will open and if that open window will let in the wind and rain from a thunderstorm or a tornado! I’d like to think I’m made up of solid stock to “weather” the storm.
Fortunately for me, I have a wonderful, supportive wife and we’ve already been talking about options around retirement. I always planned on doing a lot more writing when I retired, so now I have no excuse.
As painful as this experience is for me at this point in my career, I feel a great deal of relief. I wasn’t used to being considered anything less than a top performer, but sometimes you mesh with your boss and other times not so much.
A few weeks back, I was bold enough to ask whether our struggles had anything to do with my sexual preference, not because I wanted to raise a fuss, I genuinely wanted to know. People have their deep beliefs and they sneak into the workplace whether we want them to or not. I think it is hard to pinpoint discrimination in the workplace. It isn’t something a person can definitively prove, but you can recognize it when it happens. I do.
I’ve just started a new chapter in my life and I think it will involve a lot more writing. If you’d like to sample my writing, I sure would love it, especially now. You know the drill…just click the links below. I’m getting a lot of positive feedback already on Captivated, maybe you’d like to give that book a try!