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I feel guilty (or maybe not)
Old 01-02-2019, 05:52 AM
 
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I am busy working on my computer and taking notes. Three years ago I would have been trying to get last minute planning for school finished. I would have been counting the hours left in my break and dreading having to go to that after break professional development. Today the planning is for my trip to Florida. I am heading further South in a few days. No feeling of doom, just pleasure as I find another place to visit. I think about the teachers I know that have to go back to work. I hope the rest of their year goes smoothly. I should feel guilty, but mainly Iím just relieved itís not me.


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Old 01-02-2019, 06:19 AM
 
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I should feel guilty, but mainly Iím just relieved itís not me.
I donít even feel guilty (which is weird because Iím guilt-prone). I worked my 30 years (plus 11 years as a SAHMóthat was hard work). Iím just relieved. And happy. Every day Iím happy to be retired.
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Old 01-02-2019, 07:23 AM
 
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Donít go down that road...itís dark and unlit....

You chose to retire so you could be happy in a new stage of life. Teachers still working will get there, too. There is zero,reason for you to be feeling guilty.
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Old 01-02-2019, 09:22 AM
 
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Every day Iím happy to be retired.
Me too!
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Nope, don't feel guilty. Why should I? I put in 37 years of Sunday evenings finishing up plans, last minute plans the night before breaks ended, days before the start of school to ensure all my ducks were in a row.

I don't necessarily feel relief, but satisfaction that I did a great job while working and now I can move onto other things -- like planning a trip! (Which is what I am also doing at the computer now! Ireland in May!)


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No guilt here.
Only distant memories thru rose-coloured retirement glasses.

Have a great trip!
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Ha! I remember one year when report cards were due about 2 days after the holiday. Oh how I dreaded those! I hated working on them and put them off until New Year's Day ( the one holiday I liked to do NOTHING because I knew the next month was packed). I finally got them done and was never so glad to pass them out.
No guilt here!
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Old 01-02-2019, 02:41 PM
 
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I love retirement and have no guilt whatsoever. I worked hard for 37 years (25 as a teacher and 12 years in another field first) and am enjoying this glorious time of life. It was nice drinking coffee and relaxing at home today knowing that I didn't have to return to school after winter break.

Have a great trip to Florida.
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No guilt needed.
Old 01-02-2019, 08:28 PM
 
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You earned every one of these retirement days! Have fun!
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:37 PM
 
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If I start to feel guilty, I remember all the hours that I worked beyond the school day.


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Have a wonderful trip!
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I love planning my trips almost as much as going on them. I hope you have a wonderful time!

I so agree with you! Today, I spent part of the morning at the gym taking my spin class and then over to the library to see Crazy Rich Asians. Every Thursday, they show first-run movies, and I plan on becoming a regular! I also picked up three bestsellers to read, and it is great to know that I actually will have the time to read them.

I would have been spending a good part of the Break catching up on schoolwork and possibly preparing for an evaluation. There would have been coaching to think about, and report card assessments to complete. The workload never seemed to let up, and I would have had precious little down time to enjoy myself. And the endless, multiple Monday meetings that went on and on, and often were held at the other elementary school across town, so we had to rush to get over there.


In retirement, I love that the focus has shifted to me. No stress, no pressure and no feeling of nervousness. It is the BEST, I love it.
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Old 01-03-2019, 06:05 PM
 
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Enjoy your trip you earned it!!!
We went to see Mary Poppins today in an almost empty very quiet theater. The kids were back to school.
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:24 PM
 
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Enjoy your trip. SW Florida has been pretty warm this week. We've been to the beach twice and swimming in our pool daily. I retired 5 years ago and have never looked back. If I was still teaching I'd be in TN and freezing! Hope you have a wonderful and warm trip. Where are you going to be?
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:31 AM
 
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My sister needs to go check on her father in law in Hudson. Then we are just going to wander. We have to be in Biloxi, MS at the end of the month, so there is really no set plan.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:28 AM
 
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I am so happy that i made the decision to retire last year. Every day I am so thankful that i don't have to go back to my school. There was so much stress put on the teachers from our horrible administration and from all the extra time taken up with stupid grade level meetings and school assignments from the administration. Being retired is the BEST! I have no stress any more!
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