The plan was for me to retire from my teaching career after twenty years, at least. Probably closer to thirty.
To retire because I chose to. Because the time was right.
The reality was different. I retired due to a disability after a twelve-year teaching career.
Everything changed. Not just my daily routines. But my identity.
I had to reinvent myself, in a sense.
Recently, I finished my second read of Claire Cook’s Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (Without Getting Lost Along the Way). The first time I read it was a year after I left teaching.
Now I re-read it, simply for a refresher. A little burst of encouragement to help me get out of my comfort zone and try some new things.
This week, I’d like to share just a few of the book’s gems with you.
“Life can be ridiculously tough. And when it is, we have two choices: give up or be tougher.”
“ ‘Of course you’re afraid,’ a character in my novel Time Flies says. ‘We’re all afraid. There are only two choices: afraid and boring.’ “
“If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. (204 if you’re in Japan!)”