#Read about Guest #Author Joanne Guidoccio

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Life After Retirement

Joanne GuidoccioWhen I took advantage of early retirement from a 31-year teaching career, I had only a vague idea of what life on golden pond would look like. Sleeping in each morning. Leisurely breakfasts. New hobbies. Volunteering. Traveling.

These were my pat answers whenever anyone asked about my future plans. And at some point in the conversation I would work in one of my favorite quotations from Eckhart Tolle: “When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.”

In theory, it sounded wonderful, but the reality was very different.

After three months of leisure, I knew I needed more than this patchwork of activities. Goals and structure—words I thought I had left behind—started creeping up in my daily thoughts. A part-time job would have solved the problem, but I had no desire to accept short-term teaching contracts or start over in another career.


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