I’m never too old to learn

March 30, 2009 at 6:24 am (Stuff that's on my mind) (, , , )

So … due to company cutbacks, I’ve been officially retired for almost two months now, and I have to say, I’ve learned some things about myself I may never have stumbled upon had I still been working.

Back in the earliest days of this life-changing event, I never would have said something positive could come out of the darkest moments of my life.  If it’s really true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, I should be the world’s strongest living woman at this point.  After surviving the numbing shock, the disbelief, the incredible pain, the disillusionment, the anger, and all the tears, I am beginning to discover an inner strength I long suspected was there, but had never actually been tested.

I am learning that although I have many options available to me for future employment, I am fortunate that I don’t have to settle for the first opportunity that comes my way.  I am learning that I’m willing to sacrifice a higher income for a more balanced work/home life.  And while it is absolutely terrifying to take those first few steps to venture outside my comfort zone, I am learning the subsequent ones are much easier.

And on a related note, it has been proven to me yet again that my wonderful, adoring husband is infinitely patient, incredibly understanding … and a really, really good hugger!  He is my anchor, and I can’t imagine going through this without him.

Bottom line … in spite of recent events, or perhaps because of them, life is good.  In fact, it’s arguably better than before.  And that’s something I never would have believed just two short months ago.

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