2. One day I will die. I intend to live the life I want to live. Fully.
3. Funny how I never thought I'd leave when I was digging my job, which I am for the most part. I love my students. I like the vibrancy of the campus. I enjoy the classes I teach. It just feels like time. And how fabulous to be leaving not out of rejecting the old but through embracing the new!
|What retirement can look like...when you're on Jam Cruise.|
5. Technically, I'm retiring. I became eligible when I hit 50 last November. Although I've never made much money as a teacher, I've had excellent medical benefits that will continue on in retirement. I can make money doing other things without losing those benefits.
6. Of course I'm not retiring in the classic sense. I'm moving onto the next part of the journey. By opening up the space and time, all other kinds of fabulous possibilities will flow my way. I'm already exploring some ideas--such as creating yoga and writing retreats in Maui and Santa Cruz.
|Going with the flow...and enjoying anticipating what'll come 'round the next bend.|
7. I want to read every winner and finalist of the National Book Award, the Pulitzer, the Orange Prize, and the Nobel Prize. I've always read a lot, and most of my life I've read with this in mind: how will we discuss this book in class? It will be quite the experiment to read extensively without that disposition constantly churning in the back of my mind.
8. I want to write. I want to finish a book I've been working on for a while, and begin several others. I want to expand this blog, my website, and my "Ask Dr. Kate" column.
|Getting crazy with friends on the streets of New Orleans during winter break this year.|
10. But first, as soon as I've turned in the last grades of the semester--and perhaps ever--I'm going to open myself up to deep listening. I'll put my ear to the shell of the world, to drink in the new, sweet sounds. Sounds of being. Sounds of possibility.