After 46 years of early days, brutal weather, fatigue without parallel, and debilitating stress, I'm going to hang it up. It's time, since I've reached the point the daily grind has lost importance. Call it "not giving a crap" syndrome. When is the question. It will either be the first of December, the first of January, or when the syndrome takes complete control, and I turn in my keys. That may be Monday.
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Saturday, October 31, 2020
Change in Life
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I am with you Jess. I started full time work in 1970 and been going at it ever since. I told the company I work for that march 31, 2021 is going to be my last day, so if they want me to train my replacement better get em on by jan 1, 2021. Then i told em if they can get somebody hired before then i was ready to stop work at any time.ReplyDelete
I've been training my replacement, but my boss, when I announced my choice, doesn't think they will be a good replacement. I can understand some of his concerns, but he won't find another me, unless he's willing to pay a huge sum. After thinking it's his responsibility to find one, the syndrome hit hard. I really don't care who he finds, and if he wants to be an ass, his problem will arrive sooner.Delete
I believe there is relief in making a good decision.ReplyDelete
Congratulations, Jess, whenever it happens.
Thanks. It will be an adjustment, but that's what change is about. I'll adjust, and new chapter will begin.Delete
Retirement is a wonderful thing, at least it was for me. It's a whole lot easier to avoid crazy people.ReplyDelete
Between traffic, young engineers, young fleshy-headed mutants, and dealing with unrealistic expectation, retirement will be the only thing that keeps me sane.Delete
Good for you. Go for it. I went almost seven years ago a bit before my 60th birthday. Thirty eight years was enough at the place. Don't get me wrong, I really liked what I was doing. Very interesting projects that I had in the lab. My boss was a good guy, so I let him know months ahead of time that I would be leaving. All the corporate PC BS and new baby chemists and engineers who couldn't care less about the work only themselves made it a very depressing place to be employed. I decided that it was about time for a dinosaur like me to become extinct......ReplyDelete
I'm supervision, which over time has become much different than when I started. It's been rewarding, and I've learned much over time, but it's turned more into baby sitting. That's for someone much younger.Delete
Yep, when you start to feel like a day-care worker, it's time to go.ReplyDelete
Ejected myself about 6 weeks back and now getting healthier by the day....
I have a hard time understanding how men in their early twenties don't have a clue on what it takes to be productive.Delete
Congratulations, Jess. Perhaps now you can spend more time writing. You will be amazed at how reduced stress can affect your general well being.ReplyDelete
That's one of my plans. The reduced stress should allow me to concentrate and write.Delete
I have been retired for 10 yrs due OJI..I have found other things to occupy my free time. I miss being at the airport watch the planes and people come and go..BUT NOT THE BS..ReplyDelete
My line of work reached the point where ass-clowns with a degree in safety dictate all aspects of work. While safety is good, too much safety doesn't allow any production, and kills valuable time with meetings. That, and more paperwork. When those without a clue demand to know why production isn't as high, the unwillingness to not stir the crap by telling them they're a dumbass starts to disappear.Delete
I say you should walk in Monday, politely and courteously put in your notice and get out.
Depending on the person, it will take you a year to adjust. Considering that perfectly ordinary men like us start keeling over at this age... that’s important. You only go around once, and you will not be given any of this time back.
They will survive.
There was a time I would wonder about the company I work for, and how it will survive. That's faded to almost nothing, since age made me consider how longevity for men in my family isn't a strong suit. I may not be here that long, and I don't want to be another family member that dies before retiring.Delete
While I am happy for you that can retire, I'm sorry for you that work has no longer been rewarding. Usually when that happens, it would be time for a new job. Welcome to your new job: Retirement :)ReplyDelete
I'm tired, and tired of the daily grind.Delete
It sounds like the right time. The good news for us, is we'll get more of you.ReplyDelete
There was a lot of thinking before my decision. How it all plays out is yet to be seen, but just the removal of the stress will be a reward.Delete
I retired at the end of May last year. I had worked for the same company for 35 years and in the business for 41. I was 65 years old and it was time.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed my job for the most part, but it was becoming increasingly obvious that it was really a younger mans job and that the corporate weenies running the place cared almost nothing about us, the work, the customers - only about the quarterly numbers and bonuses.
The first thing is that the lowered stress level was like a great weight lifted off my shoulders, and that was immediate. However, it did take me a few months to get out of a "on an extended vacation" mindset and into the "retired" mindset.
You will probably be busier than you think you will be, but it will all be stuff *you* choose to do when *you* want to do it.
Congratulations and good luck.