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06/30 I feel like a high school senior

It took me a while to notice the similarity, but it hit me the other day: my imminent retirement from the workforce is making me feel like a senior in high school.

I mean, when was the last time I had the wonderful sense that this penance, this lifetime of challenge and unavoidable drudgery, these ups and downs, these not-necessarily-desired formative experiences, were all about to come to a definitive end on a particular day? When was the last time I had a date with freedom?

1974, that's when. And back then, just as now, I decided to opt out at the first legitimate moment, without a backward glance. (In the case of high school, I tested out a semester early and fled.)

What's more, today I feel like a high school senior on spring break: I've got a week's excess vacation to burn starting Monday, and when I go back it's mostly just the October-November system patching period, then the holidays, then...

...then a whole new way of life.

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roxymissrose
Sep. 7th, 2013 03:21 am (UTC)
That seems like a very good way to feel. :)
emeraldsedai
Sep. 7th, 2013 04:56 am (UTC)
It is! And I'm in much better mental health than I was back then, too.

Love your new Mature!Thomas icon.
karen_jk
Sep. 7th, 2013 11:11 am (UTC)
I am so excited for you! You will find so many great things to do with your retirement.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 7th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
I hope you're right! Thank you for your positive words.
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