Yeah Brother… (A line from a song in one of the episodes of the original Star Trek series.)
I thought that this would be an apt title for the Chronicle of my Retirement. While I do fully know and understand that this is not a tip-toe into paradise, and it will not likely be very easy. I am looking forward to the change. I am looking forward to a new life. Let’s face it, I have made such a mess out of this one that there is truly very little left for me here. My wife, who has become a part of me, and I are ready to start out on an adventure. So, in short, after thirty plus years working for the National Institutes of Health I am retiring.
This will be the chronicle of my movement into this brave new world. I do face the fact that I am a creature of habit and duty. All my old habits will be broken. My duty will be to myself, my wife and my community in that order. I will no longer receive direction for my day-to-day existence from an employer. No longer will my self-worth be gauged by those with their own agendas and visions for their futures. I will chronicle more about this in the future. Suffice it to say, there is very little left for me there either.
I do not want to go into my life’s story, I would merely like to include some of the elements that brought me to this decision. The meat of the story is going to be about the journey.