My first friend, who was a long time special ed teacher, retired a while ago. As she was leaving her school, the principal asked her what she was going to do after retiring. She told him that she planned on being a fulltime housewife. I love that answer!
She recently completed a statewide survey. When asked the question regarding her occupation – Educator? Retired? She went with Housewife!
That got me thinking about my post retirement days. While I have many interests and am still working in public health to a small degree, one of the things I most enjoy is writing my blog!
I’ve been thinking about the path that led me down the road to blogging.
As a teenager, I dreamed about enrolling in the journalism program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. I really have no idea where this came from! I must have read something in a book that piqued my interest.
It is important to note how farfetched this scheme was! I had no real aptitude for writing in school, I wasn’t interested in the school newspaper or the yearbook, and there was no way going to a private out of state university was even an option for a working-class Montana girl!
I went to a state university and majored in nursing. I also didn’t have a lifelong goal of becoming a nurse, but I did have a goal to get a job!
That brings me to finding a job after graduation. When I graduated, nurses were in high demand in many parts of the country. My friend and I wanted to work at a university hospital. Interesting enough, I was again drawn to Illinois and I remember checking to see if there were openings at Northwestern. No luck, so my friend and I got jobs at the University of Chicago. I wasn’t there long, but I still love Chicago!
I am a faithful newspaper reader. My favorite column back in the day was written by Ellen Goodman. I loved her column, writing style, and her insight into current events. I remember thinking that was the kind of writing I wanted to do. Her final column ran in 2010 and she now calls herself a ‘recovering journalist’. I just discovered her website. She is a co-founder of the Conversation Project, which is designed to change the narrative around aging.
Americans now live 30 years longer that they did a century ago. We need to reinvent aging, infusing this gift of time with purpose and respect.Ellen Goodman
While NO ONE would ever confuse me with Ellen Goodman 😊, I do enjoy observing and then writing about our culture and current events.
I also completed a recent survey – to get 20% off some earrings I had my eye on 😊. When I selected my occupation/field, I also didn’t choose retired or even public health….instead I went with COMMUNICATIONS!
P.S. And I always want the Northwestern University Wildcats to win, unless they are playing the Washington Huskies!