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January 4, 2012

I am still procrastinating on making my resolutions for 2012. One of the things I’ve been doing instead is reading other people’s posts about how their 2011 went and what they’re hoping to accomplish in 2012. Thus I’ve run across the 40-ish question New Year’s Meme several times. I don’t have the attention span to do the whole thing, but one question did jump out at me:

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

The answer that immediately popped in my head was “retiring”. It’s not that I hate my job; I don’t. It’s still the best job I’ve ever had, even with the growing pains Purple Systems is having. As much as I miss the days when I knew everyone in the company and we would all get together in one room and discuss strategy and finances and programming standards, I don’t miss things like worrying about whether there’ll be enough cash to make payroll. It’s also not that I’m getting close to retirement age; I’m not even 50 yet. I think it’s spending last week at what Mr. K and I hope will be our retirement home (and yes, I realize how blessed and privileged that makes me). I’d be stopped on a slope looking out over the mountains and the lake or curled up on the couch back at the condo and just think how great it would be to be able to be in that same spot every day if I wanted to be. Almost immediately following those thoughts of how great it’s going to be were the ones about all the things that could go wrong. Maybe we’ll run out of money. Maybe we’ll run out of health. Maybe the mountain will run out of snow as global warming continues. Oh brain, why can’t we just enjoy our fantasies about retirement for a while before starting in on the doomsaying?

No matter how many times I see this, it never gets old


On this date in 2011: Crosses of Stone, Wood, and Metal
2010: Sunnier Times
2009: Sentimental Sunday
2008: No entry
2007: No entry
2006: No entry
2005: Signs and Portents and Unidentified Yarn Object
2004: No entry
2003: No entry

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