Retirement. I don’t miss the money. I miss the connections.
I miss the need to get up at a certain time each morning. The wake-up shower, the first cup of coffee, the rush out the door.
Of course, one could still do those things. But, why ? No one requires that early frenzy of activity.
And I guess that’s the point.
In my late 40’s, I went back to work. This time, to a job. Not a career, not a source of fulfillment, not to prove a point, not even for the money.
We were facing 2 kids about to enter college, but we could have managed the financial burden.
I wanted a schedule, another place to belong, to be part of a work community.
I had a 6 month gig in customer service at a local utility. It was not for me. When the power went out, and the complaint calls came in, I found myself making up stories just to get them off the phone. The calls were monitored, my efforts were lauded by a young supervising staff who just wanted those hundreds of calls in queue answered.
So I respectfully resigned, taking my resume to a local job fair. Prospects there were disappointing. I left, treating myself to a nice lunch.
That’s where I saw the newspaper ad.
Hotel front desk jobs…will train.
Why not ?
I went unannounced, still in business attire, and was approached by the manager while I was filling out the application.
I had the interview on the spot, was offered the job, asked for part time hours.
One month later, after a sophisticated Hilton training program, I was working 40-45 hours a week. I loved it.
That part time job became a career that led to sales management and ultimate retirement.
Sometimes, you just end up where you were meant to be.
I can only agree! We need to take steps and when we are aware we only need to follow the signs and things will work out. Sometimes we need to take detours in order to reach the right exit!
A lot of my decisions have been instinctive, Erika, especially those about work situations. They always worked out for the best. ❤️
I remember you said that once that you always listened to you gut feeling and your inner voice. Since I am doing it too, life is different! Develoments all over!!! 😃
💕 I understand. 💕
My story about becoming a teacher is so similar, never pursued it, but just ended up in the field where I finally saw my own talent come to use 👍🏻☺️
It’s wonderful when that happens, Maria, I was a teacher first, and those skills played into every job I had. 💕 Thanks.
Great story. Some of my favorite work stories revolve around being led to the right places in unexpected ways.
We need to trust the universe more, I think. Thanks, Linda. ☺
All things walk together for good. Sometimes we have no idea where our steps will take us to, but they lead us to the place where we should be. Great
I could testify to that belief, Jacqueline. It has always been true for me. Thanks. 💕
Me too and it’s a beautiful thing. I love reading your uplifting posts.
Thanks for the lovely compliment, means a lot coming from someone as positive as you, J. 💝
It’s my pleasure Van 🙂
Great story, funny how things work out…
Thanks, Diane. It always amazes me. I have a lot of stories that reflect this, some for my husband’s career as well. 💖
I’ve always felt someone watching out for me
Many thanks, Jim. Happy Saturday. ☺
Yes for sure, you never know what the future holds. I never thought getting laid off from my “high-paying” management position would lead me to a career that I absolutely love.
That happens so often, Vic, we find what we didn’t know we were hunting. ☺
Nothing is coincidence! Sometimes we just have to become better at saying yes. Beautiful story!
Thanks so much for the visit and comment, Maria. ❤️
Lovely post! I completely agree with you, Van. Often, things just workout the way they’re meant to workout. I’ve observed this many times in my life, too. It’s all about following your instinct and having a little faith. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 💛
My pleasure, Tonya. Thanks for your thoughts. 💕
☺ Thanks, Laura.
The movie is great btw 🙂
It’s a favorite, Marta, and set in one beauty of a place in the Czech Republic. ☺
I agree about those connections, Van. I remember the days when work seemed relaxing compared to the busy chaos at home 🙂 Great story about finding the perfect job…by chance.
A lot of treasures to be found if you keep an open mind, Diana. Thanks. 💖
Well hi there, VBTR! Isn’t it true that there are LOTS of things that happen in “retirement” that you just didn’t expect? I’ve decided you never really “retire,” you just switch things up a bit. Or in your case, it sounds like you’ve done a lot of switching things up! Glad I found you! Your blog will be fun to read!
Thanks for the comment and the follow, Encore. Welcome. Hope you enjoy the ride. 💕
I’ve only been fired once, and it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. The prior job was absolute hell, but after a short period of unemployment, I found a better job, which then led to the one I have now (and where I’ve been for 17 years). Sometimes things work out.
Testify, CM ❣️ I know it has happened to a lot of us, and all for the better. ☺
Recognizing that the connections are a big part of working is important. In retirement those have to be found elsewhere. That worries me a bit in thinking about when I will retire. But I have a few years to prepare. Congrats on retirement.
Thanks, Nancy. It can be a challenge, but the ample free time provides opportunities to reconnect with family and old friends on your own terms. 💝
Among the turns we take and how they work out!
Always surprising, DK, but usually to our benefit. Thanks. 💕
Great story, often the best and most suitable job knocks at the door in a most striking way. One of my friends, she was accompanying her cousin for a modeling screen test, just out of curiosity. She appeared for the test in a most casual way, but got selected out of 300 candidates! That was the turning point of her life… 🙂
Wow…perfect example of right time, right place. Maybe her look was as casual as her relaxed attitude, and the natural beauty had a chance to shine. 💖
Maybe, that was the reason… 🙂
Congrats on retiring, Van. Time to focus on you. It’s a huge life change and I so encourage you to keep reaching out so you always have something on your agenda. All the very best, my friend!
Thanks, Amy. I’ve actually been out a few years now, always thought I’d go back .Then my husband retired last year. So, I think I’m done now. 💗
Bet there is a lot of material from front desk life when it comes to writing… Maybe I should think this through…
It was a fascinating study in human nature, Geoff. ☺
Great story. I guess sometimes, life chooses you.
It surely seems that way, George. ☺
Wow. That is a great story. It’s not often a job you love falls in your lap like that. You must have given a great interview.
I sat on the other side of that interview desk quite a bit, John. I know the importance of self-confidence in an interview, even if you don’t exactly know what you’re talking about. ☺
Incredible story and example of serendipity.
Exactly. I’ve had that happen so many times in my life, and the life of my loved ones. We have been blessed, Kitt. Thanks. 💖
Sometimes things just work out. I’m so glad they did for you. 🙂
Thanks so much for the visit and comment, Cathleen. 💕
I agree, often things are serendipitous this way.
I got a few jobs just by being there in person — Sadly, I don’t think this happens much anymore! People are fed to machines and subjected to algorithms and get to Skype interview with a pre-recorded entity, then maybe with a person there, or on the phone and then finally, in person. It seems to take much, much longer now as well.
And I must laugh, because those things you miss, in your first few lines, are the things that give me tremendous anxiety. Here it is, 6am and I am dreading the rush out the door at 7!
“You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” Big Yellow Taxi. ☺
You have done so many interesting things Van!
It has never been boring, Lynn. ☺
You really have done a lot of things.
Jack (Jill) of all trades ??? 💖
I hope this story comes true for me as well as I try to grow up.
☺ We all feel that way, wondering at each age, what we are meant to be. Thanks, Charlie.
Sounds exciting! Your lucky day! I love what I do, but struggle terribly with balance… just can’t do it all. But when I retire someday, I will probably be one of those people who misses work and goes back… I can just see myself doing that! I guess I need to learn to be at peace with how things are. 🙂
The first few months were rough, Kelly, I was sure I was going back to work. Then, you adjust, and welcome the free time you never really had. 💖
You are fortunate to feel that way and to have that time. I know you are fully aware of that too. Hope all is well. xo
☺ Thanks, Kelly.
Very welcome! xo
Thanks for this , Van. I am going for the flow at the moment, probably for the first time in my life. I’ve always been very goal focused but seem to need a breather and my kids are going through a lot of transition at school and I just felt in my gut that they needed my 100% focus. Being a writer, that is probably more like 50% but at least my heart is in the right place. I am supposed to be writing a motivational memoir about living with adversity and am slowly getting on with it but I’ve really needed to find and develop my voice and the blogging has been really good for that. I have this faith that things will work out and I’m right where I am supposed to be but it’s certainly on the road less travelled. xx Rowena
Given the choice, I’d always opt for that less congested road, Rowena. It’s important to pay attention to those instincts, they are usually so right. A time for all seasons….💖