Susan Sontag: I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.
I recently read an article from the Virginian-Pilot (PilotOnline.com) about Chesapeake’s long time Clerk of the Circuit Court, Faye Mitchell. Mitchell was 65 and set to retire on June 1 after having served as clerk for 13 years.
Mitchell died last week after an illness, one day before a retirement ceremony was to be held in her honor. In her retirement letter, she wrote “I have enjoyed a long tenure as a dedicated public servant, a title that I cherish.” Others considered her a trailblazer, mentor and visionary, and stated “she paved the way for women to lead without limitation.”
I’m sad after reading this article. She didn’t get to enjoy her retirement years. She worked hard at getting elected twice to the position, and being a public servant can often be a thankless job.
What will your colleagues and coworkers say about you at your retirement ceremony? If you had asked me that question last June, I would have had a different answer than today. But now, being in a new job, and having a new frame of mind about work and colleagues, it’s all good. I’ll work a few years and then sail off into the sunset. Check off a few bucket list items. Perhaps I’ll start with a two-week cruise to Hawaii. Then plan a few road trips. Then maybe move somewhere. Who knows? That’s the beauty of retirement. Having the time (and hopefully the money) to do what you want to do.
I’m sad that Beverly Mitchell didn’t get to check off items on her bucket list.