A new chapter

United States
June 19, 2010 1:15pm CST
I'm thrilled to announce that I retired last week, after more than four decades as a high school English teacher. I adored it until the over-regimentation and micromanagement that have come into the system took the joy, personalization and creativity away from almost all classrooms. Now I'm ready for a fresh start! I have loved reading things I don't have to correct, writing without having to rush because I have papers to grade, and being able to get the house in shape, at least a bit at a time. Many people look at retirement as a time of boredom, but I have so many irons in the fire, that just can't happen. It's only been a week, and I'm already having the time of my life!!!
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15 responses
@zralte (4186)
• India
19 Jun 10
I must admit I am not sure what to do. Wish you a prosperous future or congratulate you. My mother's a teacher and she is due to retire this year. I know she can't wait for it. According to her, it becomes too much for her, and well, same thing you said, she would love to read without having to grade. Most of all, she would love to spend time with my children, her grandchildren. She seldom sees them as we are living quite far from her. When she could take the time out to visit or when we do visit her, she never had enough time to do all the things she wants to do with them. Not knowing what to say, I would congratulate you on having the time to do the things you want finally, and wish you much happiness for the future.
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• United States
19 Jun 10
Thank you so much! I'm thrilled to be able t make a new start in a different direction!
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
19 Jun 10
Hello, Cobrateacher, or should that be Cobranolongera teacher? My husband took early retirement at the age of 52. He's now 76, and he often says he doesn't know how he ever found time to work. I was medically retired 15 years ago, and I'm the same - every day is filled with things I want to do, rather than things I have to do. Let's hope you have many years to enjoy your retirement, and get back some of the money you've paid into the system over the last 40 years or so. A friend of ours who is 59 has worked out that if he lives to 147, he'll get every penny back!
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• United States
19 Jun 10
I could never recover the money, and I'll always cherish the memories, but I can't imagine when I found time to work. So many other interests are a great joy! I was given a new screen name by my husband, but I think I'd have to give up all I built up as cobrateacher and start a new account to use it.
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
19 Jun 10
We have worked harder and been healthler than any other time in our loves. Keep busy and follow what ever your dreams are now is that time of life. Blessings
• United States
19 Jun 10
I'm positive that will be the case with me. It's such a joy to get to things I thought were going to be some-day,-maybe things forever! Thank you, my friend!
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
19 Jun 10
Jo, I am absolutely ecstatic for you. If I could, I'd get up and do a jig for you. You have been an amazing woman that I have had the pleasure of knowing here on Mylot. You've been through hell and back trying to take care of yourself and fulfill your working obligations. That song I will Survive, was written for women like you. I am so happy for you!!Love Leenie
• United States
19 Jun 10
Leenie, than you so much! It really is thrilling! I hope you and Dennis and Dexter are doing well. We won't lose touch, certainly, even if I can't open the attachments on your e-mails! Much love! Joanne
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
19 Jun 10
Jo, I have never heard such happiness in your words before. But the brightness on your face shines through in your words. I just can't be happier for you. So how is that hubby of yours? Tell him hello for me. We're still struggling but we haven't drowned yet. Enjoy your freedom Sweetie. Love Leenie
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• United States
19 Jun 10
Hang in there, sweet friend, as John and I are. It will all work out for us all!
@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Jun 10
Congratulations and enjoy your retirement. But if you get bored and want to correct something, let me know and I'll send you stuff.
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• United States
23 Jun 10
If that happens, I think that's time for the asylum!
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Jun 10
My asylum or your asylum?
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
20 Jun 10
Congrats! Hope you really enjoy retirement. I retired last year and thought I would be so terribly bored. It didn't happen. I babysit our youngest grandbaby often, spent whatever amount of time I like to spend on the computer or do laundry at crazy times. Don't have a schedule so it's been great. My husband coaches girl's softball and they travel throughout the U.S. during the summer months. I can go with him if I choose now or stay home and enjoy the quiet time. I am really enjoying retirement and hope you get to do the same.
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• United States
22 Jun 10
Thank you, Carolbee! I'm still trying to find more hours in each day for all I want to do, but the huge difference is what I WANT, not the pressures of what I have to do for work! It's a joy!
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
22 Jun 10
Be sure to get plenty of fun time in there too. It's so nice not to have to get up in the morning and rush to work.
@_Honey_ (781)
• Philippines
20 Jun 10
Retirement - I want to retire early. How about you? :lol:
I am so happy to hear about your retirement! Congratulations. I can feel that you have prepared well for it so I don't need to think much or worry about your finances now that you retired. You know, I feel envious about you in way. I'm still young and still working and you may laugh at me about this but yes, for some reason, I've thinking about how's going to be my retirement. I dream of retiring an earlier age and manage my own business instead. I'm still saving up and my dreams are still so far from the possibilities but I'm not losing hope. I hope that you have great time of your life and don't forget keeping us updated on how much you enjoy this wonderful time of your life!
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• United States
20 Jun 10
Hang in there, Honey! I'm not as prepared as I wanted to be, because I expected to work for a few more years. Still, things will be manageable, and getting out of what had become an unbearably stressful situation matters more. I have ways to make a few extra bucks here and there, and expenses are minuscule without all the expenses involved with going to work every day. I wish you all the best. Keep those retirement goals and mind, and you'll be sure to do as you wish before you know it, ready to handle whatever comes your way without worry!
@_Honey_ (781)
• Philippines
20 Jun 10
Thanks a lot cobrateacher! I will surely keep them in mind. i'll see you around here in mylot more often, won't I?
@oldchem1 (8144)
20 Jun 10
Firstly enjoy your retirement!! I too am retired from teaching and I have not been 'bored' for one single moment, how on earth did I ever find time to work!! I am loving it, I can get up when I like - but it's always before 8.00 am even though I don't need to, i can wear what I want, read what I want, go where I want or just sit and chill!! I get great enjoyment from my garden and the wildlife, I walk in the lovely countryside that I am blessed to live amongst, I have re read so many old favourite books as well as tons of new ones. Retirement is a pleasure - I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine!!
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• United States
22 Jun 10
Thanks so much, Oldchem1. I have so much more than I expected that I want to do, and it's such a joy to do it on my own terms! I can't imagine when I found time to go to work!
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
20 Jun 10
It's something we can learn from when our turn comes. Getting the house in shape, reading, writing, I'm sure you find all these have never been so wonderful. Nice to hear you are enjoying.
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• United States
22 Jun 10
Thank you, Tomitomi! It's truly a joy to do everything on my own terms!
@med889 (5958)
20 Jun 10
This is so good then, because you have many plans for the future, there are those who find themselves without any activities to do nor any hobbies but when we have them then all is well for the stay.
• United States
22 Jun 10
Hi, Med! I have friends who have been bored out of their minds after retiring. I still don't have enough hours in the day for all the things I'm into, and it's a joy not to have the pressure of papers to grade and lesson plans to write, etc.
• Philippines
20 Jun 10
Hi cobrateacher. It's nice to know that after several decades of working on the nitty gritty part of being a teacher finally you can now give yourself more time and to enjoy. That is true after retirement it doesn't end there you have a lot of thing to do and to enjoy of. Yuo can always spend it with your family and friends!!! Live life, be happy, love freely and forgive easily. God bless!!!
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• United States
22 Jun 10
Thanks, Princess. I have so many things going on, it was becoming a major annoyance to go to work every day. It was, clearly, time for me to move on.
@charylady (424)
• Philippines
20 Jun 10
congratulations! you deserve this time in your life after so many years of being a dedicated teacher. i too teach, i handle university students. i am looking forward to retirement. i have so many things that i want to do; things that i am still too busy to be able to spend time on and enjoy. i do envy your new freedom. have great fun!
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• United States
22 Jun 10
Hi, Charylady! I taught college classes for many years, nights and weekends. Frankly, they weren't as much fun as high school classes, because the students came in, took notes and left, with very little interaction except for an occasional request for clarification of one point or another. They also paid really poorly. I have kept up the contacts, however, so that I can teach a class or two if I find myself strapped for funds. Good luck with your retirement plans. It's so liberating!
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
20 Jun 10
Hey cobrateacher! Congratulations on your retirement! You go girlfriend! I know that you have lots more to do and I think you will have the time of your life now! You can do whatever you want now and you are still young enough and healthy to do it! Very smart choice! I am so happy for you! I will have to send you an email soon because I might be visiting again soon! I am so very happy for you! Love, Leslie
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• United States
20 Jun 10
Thanks! This trip, we really MUST get together. I'm already so relieved, it's as if I'm a whole new person! It's thrilling to turn a new page and start doing things my own way! Much love, Joanne
• United States
19 Jun 10
I loved teaching too. I just hated the politics. I only taught 8 years and could go back to it. I am just not sure I am patient enough to deal with the admin who haven't been in an actual classroom in years and are trying to tell me (the one who has no discipline problems or referrals) how to do my class. I've always said we would do great... if they'd just let us teach! -- and leave all the politics and junk somewhere other than the classroom.
• United States
19 Jun 10
I never thought anything would make me leave teaching, but all that garbage did me in. Politics has no place in education, but it absolutely runs the show! They seem to ignore the fact that we really do know what the kids need and how to make sure they get it!
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
31 Jul 10
Hi Cobra I hope that you enjoy this new phase in life and your well deserved retirement. I am a teacher msyelf so I can assume what time, deidication and effort you have put to your career. I hope that can pursue your hobbies.... and doing things you like or never had the chance to do them. How are you doing after that a month has passed by?