It’s not just friends and acquaintances. It’s anybody of my generation that I meet. If I say that I have a full-time job, people are surprised. (And maybe a bit jealous?)
They ask me if I am thinking of retiring. “From time to time, I think about it,” I reply. That’s a truthful answer. I do think about it from time to time. Just about every day.
On Friday, my department had an off-site planning session. Ideas about how we could do better were flying through the air. I was excited about new challenges and possibilities, new ways to serve the institution I love. I can’t imagine jumping ship when the sailing is so much fun.
But at 70-something, I’ll still think about it every day.