For the last two years, I have been working part-time as a CFO for a venture capital firm. Basically the exact same job I retired from five years ago, only this time, it was on a part-time contract basis. When I retired, I never thought I would go back to working. Never. And especially not in my old field. But I’m so glad I did. It was kind of like a career do-over.
There are a few things in life I wish I could get a chance to do over, my bachelorette party for example. It was a beach get-away with my girlfriends, of whom one was mad at me the whole time, three were not drinking, and two were on a diet. A weekend of restraint was not exactly what I had in mind. Plus it was foggy the whole time, which wasn't really anyone’s fault, but it did certainly reinforce the mood.
If I had a do-over in high school, I’d ask the guy I really wanted to take to the Sadie Hawkins dance rather than the one I knew would say yes. And as I said in my last post, if I had a do-over of college, I’d just go ahead and enjoy it more without agonizing about the grades.
This part-time CFO gig was a great do-over. I got a chance to work in an environment that was a little more suited to my strengths. I got a chance to do things that I never really got to do in my old job. And most importantly, I learned that I was really good at it.
In one month, I’ll be done with my part-time working gig. Now I feel like I’m getting a chance for a retirement do-over. I’ll soon have all that glorious time back, not just the time that was spent working, but the time that was spent not working but still thinking about work. That’s the part I’m really excited about.
I’d like to think that I’ll be blogging more frequently in my retirement do-over, that my yard and house will be in better shape, and that I will be in better shape too. I have a backlog of photo albums I want to put together and of closets I want to organize. But this time around I know that some days you get a lot done and some days you don’t. And that’s the beauty of retirement.
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