I had lunch yesterday, with my beautiful daughter and one of my favorite women on the planet, Addie.
Yesterday was my first day of retirement and it was filled with happiness, sadness, frustration, and thankfulness.
The frustration part came in the way of my cellular phone. I have had a company phone for 14 years. Since change is a constant, I wasn’t really aware of how intertwined my life had become with that device. I kept my same phone number but as is company policy the phone needed to be wiped down. In that process I lost 28 years of contact information.
Unfortunately I did not have that information backed up properly (as I found out yesterday.) So if you call me or text me please leave your name so I can rebuild my contact database.
Additionally from my car to my camera many devices are also intertwined with my phone. Passwords of 5 years ago have long been forgotten and so I basically spent most of yesterday trying to get my phone up and running and reconnecting to my devices. I’m about 75% there but still some way to go.
The sadness is from leaving a position that I loved and friends that have become such an important part of my life. I will make the effort to keep those relationships alive but I also know that when you lose that common bond of say a job or team or organization it is hard to keep some relationships going.
The happiness was from hearing from so many friends yesterday with birthday and happy retirement wishes. It made my heart sing with joy.
The thankfulness comes from I have always tried to do good and leave a place better than when I found it. One of my greatest joys in life is helping someone realize their potential and helping them achieve it. That is why I loved Human Resources so much. Everyday I got that opportunity.
So now I will really focus on my photography, my family, and my friends and enjoy the blessings that God has so graciously given me.
Thank you for your support of my blog and me.
Enjoy your day and be careful.