I was asked one day if I was retired. Well now, I just had to stop and think about that for awhile. Am I retired or semi-retired, or am I just out of work? Good question, I just didn’t stop one day and say, “I am now retired”. No, it just sort of crept up on me and now I kind of like it.
As I got older, I weeded out all of my customers except for two. These two have been my customers for many, many years. I have learned what they usually expect of me, I know the employees, they know me, and we are friends. At least I feel we are friends.
In 2010, I worked a total of 160 hours and so far this year I have only worked 3.5 hours. That is down a lot from 2009 when I put in a thousand hours for the same two customers. I have done some additional stuff for them, but at no charge. Sort of a good will thing. Times have been bad, but I was old enough, so at age 66, I started receiving social security benefits. Being self employed, I have to pay 13.5% off the top to social security. That has been quite an amount over the years, probably a lot more than I will ever get back, so I don’t feel guilty taking it.
OK, so am I retired, semi-retired, laid off, or just plain out of work? I will let you decide. The truth is, I do not want to get busy again. I probably wouldn’t object to a small job now and then, but maybe out of the above choices, I am just tired. You know, “been there, done that” and now it is time for something different. At least something that doesn’t have a tight schedule affixed to it. I don’t mind doing work, or traveling, or playing, or whatever, as long as there is no strict schedule.
Know what I mean?