“You’re failing at retirement.” No one has said that in so many words, but many people have teased me affectionately about an apparent inconsistency between my alleged retirement and substantial level of activity.
Let me harmonize.
Some people may think of only two options regarding work and retirement: complete indolence or working like crazy.
I officially retired as of last September. This year I have been teaching half time as an adjunct, one course per semester. I will not teach regular courses next year and perhaps not ever again. I didn’t attend any faculty or committee meetings this year and I certainly don’t plan to attend them in the future.
This year, I have been very busy, finishing up several writing projects and other commitments I undertook. Part of this involves organizing Missouri’s annual DR symposium next fall and writing a piece for that.
Going forward, I plan to select parts of full-time academic employment and abstain from others.
I feel so fortunate to be part of our community and I don’t want to let that go.
First and foremost, I plan to regularly write for a blog called “Indisputably.” I will continue to maintain the DRLE website and participate in some activities of Missouri’s DR Center. I will do some talks, CLEs, short courses, or other discrete activities. I will generally continue to be part of our community, attending the annual ABA conference and other events for the foreseeable future. I plan to continue to support, celebrate, and sometimes nudge.
One of the great benefits of retirement is the greater freedom to decide what to do (or not). I will figure this out and improvise along the way.
In sum, my semi-retirement is a work-in-progress.