My Dad is in his mid-60s. He and his wife recently moved out of their condo and into a retirement community an hour or two away from where they were living.
They made the move earlier than they planned, but are enjoying the “semi-retired” life that’s spent doing a bit of work and a lot of leisure.
In late October, my Dad came to visit from Florida. He was here for a family celebration, and was in my apartment with his wife, my mother-in-law, myself and the baby.
I walked into a conversation that my Dad was having with my mother-in-law, and it’s stuck with me since.
He was explaining to her how much they love their new home and lifestyle, and how devastated they were to hear that a close friend of theirs was newly diagnosed with terminal cancer.
A man in his 60s, he was given just months to live.
“Here we are, finally reaping the rewards of what we’ve worked our whole lives for…and it can be taken away from us just like that. It’s not fair.”
And while I absolutely sympathized with the words I heard my Dad speak – and the feelings behind them – my first thought was:
“I’m so thankful I don’t live my life like that.”
I’m so thankful I didn’t trudge through 40 years of my life because I decided that my career wouldn’t (or couldn’t!) feel fulfilling, or exciting, or meaningful to me.
I’m so thankful that I didn’t deny myself what would truly make me happy, both personally and professionally.
I’m so thankful that I listened to the scary whispers from deep inside my heart, telling me to be a career coach for creative women…even though I felt slightly insane for doing so.
I’m so thankful that I don’t dread Mondays, live for the weekends, and hate the days in between.
I’m so thankful that I can pay all the bills, put some in savings, and build towards a retirement that won’t feel like a Get Out of Jail Free card. Come to think of it, I’d be surprised if I fully retired at all! I just want the option to continue to wake up and be able to do what I enjoy doing.
I’m so thankful I can be The When I Grow Up Coach, a mother, a wife and a friend all at once. No matter what time it is or where I am, I rarely have to choose who I get to be.
I’m so thankful that I can be me, 24/7.
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