Perspective on Retirement

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I keep finding myself returning to the whole question of retirement and what it MEANS to “be retired” when being an athlete is so fundamentally who you are. I’ll spare you the entire train of thought….it’s long and complex.

And of course, I also started thinking about how “retirement” applies more broadly to “real life” and “work careers.” Okay, specifically to mine. And maybe…..the goal…..ought to be to find a way to work that doesn’t feel like something that I HOPE someday (please soon?!) comes to an end. Can I retire yet?!

Yikes. Let’s not feel this way about our lives if we can help it.

I never want to retire totally from being an athlete. Ever. It’s too much fun. I feel that way about a lot of the things I am currently doing, actually. Teaching kids (and a handful of amazing adults) how to be competitive swimmers is so rewarding. Consulting on cycling and rowing adaptive equipment development is fascinating and exciting. And writing……So. Much. Writing. Hard as it is, even that is rewarding because I am literally using the same mental skills I used as a pro cyclist. The parallels are unreal.

Which reminds me that I should probably stop over-thinking like retirement and meanings….and that I should keep channeling Anne Lamott. I just need to put my rear end in the chair and put myself in “the Zone” and keep on typing.

“You don’t have to see…everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you.” -Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird

But also, on my way to the pool, maybe I’ll buy a lotto ticket.



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