Thirty-four days and counting. Hard to believe that after almost three decades I will close my office door and never return. I will walk away to start the next chapter in my life. I’m not sad. I’ve given of myself and my knowledge to be the best public servant that I could. I’ve shared what I know. I’ve mentored and encouraged those who will carry on. I’m been thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given and the friends I’ve made all of the country. I also walk away with disappointment and disillusionment. It is the way of the world. There is always the good, there is always bad. I will leave it all there when I shut that office door in a little over a month.
It’s my turn now. The world once more opens up for me. There are new challenges to seize and time for those things that bring me true joy like writing, dogs, and acting. I feel free for the first time in a really long time. I feel alive for the first time in a really long time.
When I made the decision to end my three-decades long career I had no idea the effect it would have on my mind, body, and soul. Had I known, I might have made the decision earlier. Then again, I’m a firm believer in “all things in their time.” My time is now.