Donald Lackey - Personal Retirement Story
I started working in Human Resources at Geneseo in 1973. Two years later, after completing a training program provided by Action for Independent Maturity (AIM), I found myself presenting Early Retirement Seminars on Campus. Current thinking at the time was everyone was going to retire at 55 and have long happy and productive years. Now efforts are under way to make normal retirement age 70 and the economic turndown has many wondering if they can ever retire.
I retired at the end of 2001 but for my wife Nancy and I a trip to Italy in 1996 made it clear that if you wish to travel you better do it while you can physically walk and climb the spectacular mountains, hills and buildings around the world.
I knew I was ready to retire in December of 2001 and had no concerns about having plenty to do during retirement. I miss my former colleagues and friends to this day but am relieved to no longer have a 40-hour, five-day-a-week work obligation. I can honestly say I have never had a bad day in retirement.
Keep in touch with your former colleagues. The western region HR folks try to get together for lunch every couple months in Batavia. Nancy and I spend January and February in Florida and make a point to have a meal with colleagues and friends while there. You worked hard for your retirement. Make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy it with your loved ones. You deserve it.
Editor's note: Donald is a member of the SUNY Retirees Service Corps Advisory Council.