Sunday, December 13, 2009

The rituals of a wo$king man...

Well this past week I was sent out to Las Vegas for one week of training.  Many of you may think this is a good thing... I did not!  I have been to Vegas for training and trade shows many times in my life and have "done Vegas" enough!  While I was there I was sitting in my room in Mandalay Bay thinking this may be the last time I stay in a hotel as luxurious as this.  Which then led me to thinking about the rituals of work in my life that will go away once I retire.  Not only will I no longer be jetted around the country to become more valuable for my company other things will change as well.

We all have our morning rituals that we do each and every day we are working.  Mine is fairly simple... wake up anywhere from 4:30 am to 5:30 am (without an alarm clock - and yes I am cursed) and get a cup of coffee from my pre-programmed coffee maker.  Sit down at my computer and check my work related email... reply to any emails needing replying to and do any necessary morning work.  Then I will surf the web for a while and then go outside and pick up my daily delivered local newspaper to catch up on the news.  I then work the soduko and other puzzles in the classified section of the newspaper... have another cup of coffee and then get ready for work.  Get dressed and have breakfast then its off to work...

This ritual has served me well for many years but it is one that will come to an end in a little more than a year when I retire.  So while in Las Vegas being trained on software that I will be using for only a little more than a year I started wondering about my future life and how the parts of my morning ritual will soon be changing...

.... for the better!


  1. I am going through the same transition right now. It's looking like my job will be coming to an end sooner rather than later. I'm trying to work out a part-time deal through the next month or two, but if that doesn't pan out I'll be done in the next few weeks. So I've been thinking a lot about how my rituals will change. I look forward to having time in the morning to read the paper, read blogs, exercise, and just generally start out slow. But I've also been thinking about the lack of routine and how that will affect me. Will I become lazy and unmotivated? Or will I eagerly jump out of bed excited to start a new day doing what I WANT to do? What a concept! It's an exciting but anxious time. I'll let you know how it turns out.

  2. Well Connie... it will be what it will be... but you are in control of the outcome.... make it become what you want it to become and then you will be right where you want to be... I envy you in many ways of being near the edge... the line in the sand... rejoice!