Tuesday, August 13, 2013
They (the proverbial "they") always say you should plan for retirement. I listened with half an ear.
But I did make some promises (plans) to myself about retirement starting almost 30 years ago.
I promised myself I would retire to Kingston - my parents had retired here - and I got a first hand look at the city. I loved it !! that's what I based the promise on......... a 30 year old memory.
Things have changed greatly here in 30 years........... and some things I didn't think through - like leaving my kids behind - or my favourite haunts - or my favourite shops - BUT there is a quiet small town quality to Kingston that I love!! And just as 30 years ago - there is always something going on here.... one festival or celebration or another. AND the people who live here are very friendly (for the most part) So.. I am glad I made this promise to myself .............
Then about 6 years ago or so I bought a fancy dancy camera, I have always loved photography - saw it as something much more than taking holiday photos....but the camera was a wee bit too fancy dancy - and I use it (90%) of the time on "automatic" cause I have no idea what to do with all the other buttons - or what half of them mean. I promised myself once I had settled into Kingston I would go back to school and take photography classes.
Yesterday was registration for the new fall session at the local college. I went on line and feeling very much like a kid starting school for the first time - I filled in the online registration forms - paid the fees required - and registered for my photography classes. Hopefully I will be accepted - and hopefully they will have enough students - and hopefully I will be starting back to school on Sept 10th.
I also (and didn't really tell anyone this promise) promised myself I would work towards stopping smoking. (note I said work toward - I don't want another failure to add to my list of failures - so it's a goal - a journey ) and I am pleased to say that when I arrived here I was up to a pack and a half a day. Now I am rationing my cigarettes and am down to 10 a day.
Retirement is good - if you make promises you can keep