I am thinking, and yes, a bit envious, of one of my good friends this morning who is going to a coffee shop she passes every day on her way to work. She never has time to go into this coffee shop because she is a punctual person and if she stopped for coffee then she would be late arriving at her office.
But still every day as a member of the rush hour, she breezes by the coffee shop, and dreams of what it represents: a lifestyle of unscheduled freedom.
And today she’s going to check that coffee shop out because today is the first day of her retirement.
Officially she did retire on the last day of 2014, but today is really the day we all consider the first day of her retirement because today, for the first time, she will stop and go into the coffee shop, find a table by the window and leisurely drink her coffee while watching the rest of us rush and scurry to our places of work.
I’m happy for her and excited to see this new chapter of her life begin. I hope she sits and has not one, but two cups of coffee, laughing, texting and talking the morning away. Who knows what will happen as retirement unfolds?
The possibilities are endless and it’s great to see someone who has worked so hard enter a time where they can break free of a work routine that went on for decades.
I say kick that frazzled 9 to 5 feeling to the curb and embrace the coffee shop!!
There’s a time to work and a time to enjoy and now is that time to smile and say job well done!!