Yesterday I retired. In 1972 I graduated from UMKC Law School and passed the Bar. 41 years later, I am retiring from the Bench. It has been great. Not always easy, but rich with memories and friendships.
Today, I continued my life with no orders to write, no trials and no probationers. I had no need to get ready to work or to do–well–anything. It felt strange, but in the way that you like to feel at the beginning of any adventure.
I can tell you my priorities for the next two weeks: visits with friends and family, work in the yard, non-profit commitments. But for the first time in four decades, I cannot tell you my long-term plan for the future. It is thrilling, really. Do I want to write, or take photographs? Do I want to travel, or save the world? How do I decide, after all these years, what will most give my life meaning? It is a gift I give myself to figure it out.
I can compile my own bucket list! I have all the time left to me to figure it out.
Simply lovely, dear sister. And I can’t wait to spend more of my time with you. Love you.
Wow! Congratulations! Here’s to the next adventure! Traveling to Colorado and visiting us in the Rocky Mountains should be on the list!
Terry and I love Colorado. I am sure a trip there is in our future. Hope all is well. Received my invitation to Kidliva. Sounds like fun.
Congratulations Ann! I know you will find an ever increasing variety of things worthy of your many talents – what a fantastic adventure. We will expect to see you out here in California more frequently! All the best. Carol