Thursday, April 27, 2017

Stepping Off the Edge of a Cliff


Today is my last day at work.

Over the years, I've changed jobs a lot, as IT workers frequently do. What you don't know about a potential employer's business always seems to be worth more than what you do know about your current employer's business. The money is always greener on the other side of the interview process.

This job change is different than all those past ones, though, because I'm not moving on to another IT job. Instead, I'm retiring so I can devote all my time to writing, with the intention of publishing a trilogy of paranormal romances early next year.

I'm really excited about the change. I've done all my homework and we can afford it. I'm really looking forward to having more time to write. But at the same time, it feels a little bit like I'm stepping off a cliff.

My work schedule provides structure for my life. Without that structure, how will I adapt? Will I start sleeping in and binge-watching TV? Will I let myself get sucked into volunteer work so there's no time to write? I have twelve grandkids. Just keeping up with soccer and choir concerts and Grandparents Days could be a full-time job.

I'm also a little concerned about my social life. I work with a great bunch of people--smart and kind and funny. They're always willing to follow me down a hypothetical trail as I consider what my protagonist might do next. Without those day-to-day interactions, will I be lonely? Am I even creative enough to plot a book without a lot of outside ideas?

My brush with breast cancer this winter was a sharp reminder that we don't live forever. If you really want to do do something, you have to have the courage to do it.

It's time to take that next step.

9 comments:

Stacy McKitrick said...

12 grandkids??? How did I not know this?
Congrats on retirement. If you treat your writing as a new job, you shouldn't have any problems! Except you just won't see as many people. I didn't necessarily find that a bad thing... :)

Jo Anne Dibble said...

Jeanne you will do fine in your pseudo retirement. I see you doing coffee and lunches with friends to bat around ideas for your characters. You won't be a stay at home retiree - just your concerns alone about it tell us all you will be on top of things. Best of wishes on your retirement and future as a writer. I can't wait to read your books!

Julie Lawson Timmer said...

Congratulations on this exciting cliff jump! I predict you will write plenty, and your trilogy will be a raving success. Seize the pen! You've got this.

Jeanne Estridge said...

Really--what kind of grandmother am I that I don't force people to listen to stories of my amazing grandkids? (And they are, too.)

I'm planning to go to next week's plotting meeting, if you're interested.

Jeanne Estridge said...

Thank you!

Jeanne Estridge said...

Thanks, Julie!

Jan said...

Retirement is exciting and scary at the same time. I feel that you will make the most of it. Enjoy!

SkylersDad said...

Good luck and all of my very best to you friend!

Far Side of Fifty said...

If I had twelve grands I would just be baking cookies and going to schools for special days just about every day!
You will be fine in retirement! It will just be an adjustment! :)

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