Pondering Retirement from Eastern Engineering

Have you reached a point in your life where you are contemplating retirement?

When I was fifty, I envied my colleagues who got to retire. Not rising early, thinking of fishing or playing 18 holes with your buddies… Oh, what a life that would be!

But now that I have turned 65, I find myself asking the question, “Do I retire sooner or later?”

Unlike others who retire early due to disliking their job, boss, co-workers, or maybe too much stress, this is not the case for me. I find myself enjoying everything that my job entails – traveling, meeting new clients, and closing each customer’s job request in a way that leaves them satisfied. Eastern Engineering is a great place to work. So, is retiring early something I want to do? Is it for me?

On the other hand, my wife and I have a bucket list as do many people our age. One of the items on our list is to travel to every state in the country and play 18 holes of golf while in each one. Currently, we have only crossed out 8 of the 50 states. There are so many more yet to be achieved! So, maybe retiring early is something I’d like to do. Why not just pack our bags, golf clubs, the dog, and head off on the journey of a lifetime?

So, what’s my answer to the question of retirement? I guess I’m not ready to retire yet, which means I will be servicing and supporting my customers for at least two more years. When I do retire, I will cherish the moment and say goodbye to all my clients and colleagues, as they will envy me as I have envied others who’ve taken the same step. 

If you love your job and enjoy what you do, it’s an easy decision to work a couple more years. Retirement will be waiting for me a little longer.

Best of luck,

Jim Scott