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This journey ends, a new one begins

on Tuesday, 15 May 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

By: Brenda Harrison

I’ve dreamed about retirement for many years, but now that the time has come, I’m a bundle of emotions.

Monday was my last day with Swartz Media.

For the first time since I was a teenager, I’m unemployed. That’s a little scary. It is also freeing and exciting to begin a new chapter in my life.

Certainly my dreams of the retired life are idyllic. For me that means traveling all over the world and living the life of leasure. It also means taking time to relax, breathe in fresh air, smell the roses, take walks on the beach and watch the setting sun. The second part is certainly more attainable for me.

By the time this paper hits the streets I will be in Louisville, KY, where my nephew is graduating with a master’s degree from Southern Seminary. While there, family members and I plan to enjoy some sights around this area. Before returning home, some of us will go on to visit The Ark in Williamstown, KY, and the Creation Museum near Cincinnati, OH.

A few more trips are planned for the summer, including a visit to New York City with a sister, her husband and daughter. I also plan to spend more time with my four granddaughters, Ana, 4, and Olivia, 9-months, who live in Florence and the twins, now 13, of Angier, NC. One of them thinks she wants to stay with me all summer, but I’m not sure she will.

A few more trips are planned for the fall. After that I’m open for whatever comes up.

I do have a “to-do” list of things I want to do around my home, but I’m told by other retirees that I will have less time than when I worked.

I also hope to continue writing, especially once the newness of retirement wears off.

Though anticipating the retired life, I am also a little sad to leave the work I have enjoyed, co-workers I have loved, and the readers who have been so kind. I will surely miss what has to be one of the most fulfilling occupations.

I must express my heartfelt gratitude to each and everyone who has been so gracious to me over the past 30 years.

May God bless you and keep you in his hands!