My last day of a thirty-five-year career. I remember on my 30th anniversary, someone asked me how I could spend 30 years “here”. I said, “If I didn’t enjoy walking in the door every day, I wouldn’t be here.” And I meant it. Oh, it was not always peachy – there were those days – but for the most part, I parlayed this high school diploma into a very good job that gave me the means to retire at 60 years old.
While I planned to work a few years longer, my company is going through some changes. I broke my wrist a couple months ago and had to have surgery on it. I was asked to fill a different role this passed year and it has been difficult. The idea of going back to work no longer felt good – I dreaded it. I also realize I will never be younger than I am at this very minute. My hobby of choice involves messing with 1,000-pound animals and if I can break my wrist as easy as falling off the ramp of my horse trailer, good Lord, how will it be in another 5 years! I set up a meeting with my boss and informed him I would be retiring January 7th. I plan to pick up a part-time gig during the off-riding season, but the 40+ hours weekly will soon be over!
While I hope to spend a lot more time with my horses when I retire, there will be plenty of time for other things. A couple years ago, I started writing a book. Maybe I’ll have time to continue it. Maybe I’ll reactivate this blog – if only for myself. When I was on leave for my wrist recovery, typing was not an option so I spent more time in front of the television than usual. Most notably, on YouTube. I can be pretty ADD and can’t sit still watching long TV shows, but these YouTube shorts were just my style. While I tend to be a true crimes junky, I found other topics of interest as well. And it got me thinking that maybe YouTube was a media I could try. I have had a channel on YouTube where I post video to share to family and friends – maybe I could make it into something more? Perhaps what I used to share on this blog could now be shared on video. The REAL Life of a Horsewoman. It ain’t all that glamorous, let me tell you!
While I love photography, I’d have to work on
videography. And I don’t have a face
that cameras will love (although I did just have some age spots removed by the dermatologist). I cuss like a sailor. Is there a bleep button when editing
video? I haven’t smoked cigarettes in
almost 30 years but I still sound like I smoke two packs a day! (Full disclosure – even when I smoked, I never
smoked that much! So, the best thing I
have going for me is my love of horses.
Stay tuned, more to come.
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