“Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves. Some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” – Sam Ewing
It’s a dying breed of employee who spends their entire career with one company. Today most people have multiple, even dozens of jobs during their working years. Gone are the days of the company man – except of course, my husband.
Today my husband retires from the Boeing Company, after 35 and half years – his first job out of college, and his last job 35 plus years later.
I am so proud of this man. He is an example of work ethic hard to find anymore – a wonderful example to his kids when they were little, and today. He is honest and fair and honorable. He has never expected anything he didn’t deserve or tried to walk away from his commitments whether it be taxes or tips. He is not showy or obnoxious yet quietly accomplished with a subtle and dry wit.
He never set out to stay with the same company for more than 35 years. It just worked out that way. It has been an interesting and fulfilling career, even though the company has changed dramatically over the nearly four decades.
But what company hasn’t? The world has changed dramatically in nearly forty years – and so has my husband.
Diligent and loyal. Honest and brilliant. My husband has been a true asset to his employer. And yet, neither he nor they regret his leaving. They are looking for younger and cheaper employees. He is looking for a different life, with travel and relaxation and family time.
I retired when I was 53. My husband is retiring a few months shy of his 58th birthday. We’ve heard people warn us we are retiring too soon.
But for us we are ready. We have worked hard to be ready financially. We have worked hard. Period. We know we need to play more now. We keep hearing about people our age and younger who die suddenly or after a long and painful illness. We know the time is now for us to enjoy every minute we have.
Every single minute. So when our time comes, we have no regrets.
I am lucky to be married to a man who has the same interest in adventure and travel as I do. I am lucky to be married to a man who wants to enjoy life everyday – work less and play more. We both agree we no longer need “things”; house, cars, clothes, books. We both agree we don’t need controversy and conflict; politics, squabbles, negative people. We need experiences, together, and we are on a retirement path to achieve that. Until we feel fulfilled with travel.
And then we will see what comes after that.
But in the meantime, my husband walks away from 35.5 years of working so very hard to make sure his family had everything they ever needed. And now it’s his turn to kick back.
I am grateful for him, excited for him, proud of him and of course, madly in love with him.
Congratulations honey. I love you.