Work Should Not Be Such Hard Work

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I have all but officially given my notice of intent to retire from the workforce on the last day of September.  Of this year!  Like in about 42 days.  Just have to put it in writing and hand it in and try not to look too ecstatically happy in that moment.

It’s time.  I can’t remember the last time I was enthusiastic about my job, or truly happy to be doing it.  Situations don’t suddenly become horrible, but deteriorate gradually with ups and downs until the downs tip the balance and you just accept that as normal.  It’s not enough when a pay cheque is your only source of inspiration and joy.  And the job itself is slowly sucking the life out of you.

Okay, where did that come from?  Time to make my escape before I kill somebody, by the sounds of that.  Plus I’m very old.  Cranky old ladies eventually get cranky enough to call it quits.  And the world should probably thank them for that.

In anticipation of being home all day with nothing to do, I have made a start at setting up a place to create fabulous works of art.  This little section of the L-shaped living room was originally used as a dining area by the previous owners.  It’s too small for that.  The last thing it became was a place where W had his favourite chair and footstool and could read his paper and fall asleep.  I figure he can do that anywhere, so I moved him across the room.  This spot will have great natural light when I get around to opening the blinds.

Those little white drawers are chock full of unfinished projects.  I have three times as much stuff elsewhere throughout the house waiting to be assessed and organized and resurrected or chucked out.  W found my old easel in the rafters in the garage.  I picked up a few new art supplies.  I had forgotten how much I love a blank canvas.

Obviously I will need a chair, and something to protect the floor, and it will never look this clean and tidy EVER again once I get started.  I’m good at folk art and not terrible with acrylics, but I’d like to take classes in watercolor, and try encaustic painting (painting with hot wax.)  And mixed media where anything goes.  And then of course there’s writing about all the disasters later, and sharing a brilliant moment or two.  Hopefully at least two.

This week is a hard one at work because we’re down to a skeleton staff with the manager on holidays and no one to hire and our part-time people quitting and going back to school.  Inventory coming up.  And me in the middle of it all, having a difficult time giving a crap about anything.  It’s lovely to know it won’t be long before I can walk away.  And never come back.  Take a new path to a different destination.

Remember what it’s like to really love what I do and who I am.

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21 thoughts on “Work Should Not Be Such Hard Work

  1. Seeing the room: So prepared a place to do exactly what you plan for it: Peaceful, happy, organized roomy, well-lit, attractive. It’s perfect!

    Listening to you think: Your whole transition to real life you from job life you laid out. You are so ready!

    Congratulations :)

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    • The real test will be to see if I actually do all the things I say and don’t just sit around playing games on my I-pad….. lol I have a hundred things pinned on Pinterest for inspiration.

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    • Thanks Dianne….it will be an adjustment I think I can make with few regrets. I hope there’s some talent left somewhere after all this time. Although lack of it isn’t likely to stop me. lol

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  2. Congratulations! This sounds so exciting. A place to rediscover yourself. No more alarms to wake to, just spontaneously rising to do what you feel excited and enthused about. And sometimes playing a few games lets your mind wander in different directions so that’s all good too! :)

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  3. Congratulations! I wish I could quit my day job and focus on my writing projects instead, but I have yet to attain that kind of financial security.

    Also, that looks so very cosy!

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  4. 42 days! Wow, that’s exciting. You can put up with anything for 42 days. And how much fun is is to be preparing for a new life full of even more creativity! Good for you!

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