I am not quite retired yet. Actually I have just about 28 more months to go, but am actively started the preparations. I see so many folks who have passed over that hill and still carry with them the relics of the working years. Hat’s, clothing, awards, lapel pins and gifts they have received from co-workers and supervisors. All kinds of memories saved to preserve the feelings they once felt as a dedicated worker. I have made the decision that I don’t want to be that retired person. No, once I retire I want to start fresh and concentrate my passion of new pursuits of a life after career.
My career has never been my life, although it is a small part of all of our lives and carries with it many lessons we have learned. These life lessons are the things I do want to take with me along the next chapter. It is the people we meet along the way and the many personalities we encounter that mean so much. The conversations we have had with our partners in the field of employment create the memories of so many years of toil. Those deep connections, times of joy and times of sadness that have shaped our minds into what they are today. These are the things I will retain and the good thing is that they don’t take up too much room in our dwellings, but much room in our hearts.
This weekend I will start a project to use this winter to go through my home and start getting rid of all of the physical elements of my past careers. I will start with my closet. Actually it is an extra closet in our guest room. From uniforms and equipment from when I was a Law Enforcement Officer to many of the dress clothing I wore working in an office. The closet is packed and seriously needs to shrink. I will only retain my finest suit, shirt, tie and shoes for special occasions like weddings and funerals. With this I also have clothing that is many years old and worn out but I have held onto for one reason or another. I haven’t worn these items of clothing for years and I know that there are many folks out there who will find good use of them. I have jackets and hats that sit in other closets to simply take up space. They too need to find a new home. Oh, and don’t forget the shoes, boots and sneakers that have been exchanged for a new pair. It will all go to donations and quicken the cycle of clothing to another in need.
With this one last career I have been working I find myself wearing the same clothing week in and week out. These are the items I retain and care for to make last another 28 months. I want to arrive ready to make that move and making the decision to remove those items that are most personal to me is the best way to start the process of preparations. I will repeat this operation on other things that are taking up space in our home in the future, but for now it is just this one project that I will focus my attention on.
The funny thing is that I have always portrayed myself to be a minimalist at heart I am finding that when you dig deep inside your yourself you find that there are many physical items attached.