I have four years before I am eligible for retirement from a job that has been both rewarding and tiresome. Suddenly, my first foray, upon retiring, was to place myself in a position to work in a career capacity verses working another 9 to 5 job. There is a difference in working a job and experiencing that, which you know and love. In preparing for my life, after retirement, I engaged a career as a Freelance Writer and published several books; However, I quickly learned that freelance writing and book publishing, although fulfilling, were not going to offer much in monetary gain. With the realization that my money has to outlive me, I resorted to other means. Because I love writing, I still write often, but have recently become an entrepreneur.
I am a CEO of my own company. It is an up-coming Maintenance, Environmental Services and Pro-Construction Company. Working my business helps me to be creative, active and gives me a feeling of fulfillment and achievement. It is a balance to a healthier existence. Because my company is my own, I am excited, happy and free to make many of the decisions necessary to grow the business. In referencing (Boyd and Bee p.88) Levinson’s Life Structure, Levinson theorized each of the periods where there were new developmental tasks and conflicts in one’s life. Levinson’s concept of life structure includes all the roles an individual occupies, all of his or her relationships and the conflicts and balance that exist among them. (Hudson and Mclean p. 37) says, “Let your mind wander freely as you gain control of the central focus of your inner self.” Although my life is full of adult children, grandchildren, foster children, a full time job, social activities, as well as, community participation, and a very considerate and loving mate, I still find time to achieve my goals, one being, to obtain my degree; this in itself, brings me back to school.
I am returning to school for several reasons. My first reason for returning to school is to receive a Bachelor’s Degree is Business Administration. I believe that achieving a degree will enhance my ability to run my business, effectively and efficiently. The second reason for going back to school is to fulfill my need and longing for higher learning, as well as, to remain an active participant in the financial sector of life, after retirement. In referencing, (Adult Development p.160) “In fact, many Boomers look forward to retirement as a time when they can try out occupations that interest them but that they have not had time to pursue earlier in life.” Moreover, I can assist and experience the positive development, both physically and mentally, in raising my grandchildren and creating positive resolve for my adult children and my teenaged foster sons; I can do this by showing them, through example, the importance and value of an education. Finally, I have a responsibility to be true to myself, fulfill my aspirations, and interest before I become too old or too sick to travel that road. I believe that one is never too late and that one is never too busy to learn new skills and abilities so that one can be prepared to walk whatever path destiny chooses.