One month on the job, what have I learned?
- Starting something new at 64 is very challenging
- Starting work again after having experienced a few months of retirement is really difficult
- Learning to deal with commuting for up to 3 hours a day is a make or break proposition
- I’m not sure I am going to last very long here.
The job is good, a perfect fit with my skills and experience. Learning a different side of the “business” is challenging. But I frequently bring a new perspective that is needed and appreciated. The responsibilities are far greater than I had anticipated. I am chairing a huge and diverse coorproate cumplyance group (sorry, just my search engine games). I thought I was going to be more of an auditor than leader. That’s ok.
My brain is on complete overload. This morning someone returned my phone call and I had to admit I had NO idea why I had called her. How terribly embarrassing. She’s calling back at 12 and I will tell her then. I later did figure it out. Almost every name & face is new to me. That’s hard.
But the other day our medical director told me I looked familiar. I told her I had worked at the hospital for many years. She remembered me from when she was a resident there! I also know her husband. That was nice.
I have a long weekend ahead. Looking forward to it greatly.
One piece of advice: try not to retire unless you really mean it. It is murder to go back to work!
But I thank God every day for this wonderful opportunity. And I even thank him for the commute – it makes it so much easier!