As months passed, the circle of communication widened from inside my organization to friends and then to external “clients”. Many were surprised. All wished me well and not just a few wished they were at this fortunate point. No one asked why. Many could appreciate, I think, that the output/return quotient of the work-world is out of balance now with diminishing resources, more demands and lack of control… especially for those of us who have been at it for decades and even for those of us with meaningful work.
As I moved closer to the end of work and start of whatever comes next, the feelings were similar to what I experienced getting divorced: relief and excitement and a sense of loss and disillusionment, which is dissipating as I move into “having time”…owning it and whatever goes in it.