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.