Here’s my dilemma: I’ve decided to chase tenure which requires an enormous life commitment. I’ve also decided to start making a dent in that to-do travel list that has been neglected long enough in deference to all the other to-do lists.
What to do with 2 priorities? And isn’t that a contradiction in terms since a priority is, by definition, singular? What’s more important – to continue building the foundation for a comfortable and secure retirement or living a balanced life (which, for me, includes road trips?). I am greedy, I want it all. I’m hedging my bets with this plan. And yes, I know what John Lennon would say.
If all goes perfectly, I’ll be through with school 12/11 (see countdown clock) Big IF. To say I’m ready to finish and move on is a cheap understatement. It should go something like this:
- Finish coursework May 2011
- Collect data June 2011
- Finish dissertation July 2011
- Defend dissertation August 2011
- Graduate December 2011
- Buy the RV Fall 2011
- Job interviews Fall 2011
- Travel Winter 2012
- Begin work April 2012
Now ..... here’s the hard part ….
Finding the time to travel other than during our meager breaks in the class schedule. I've blogged about this before i.e. my ambivalence about taking on an all-consuming academic role in my 50’s when I should be slowing down a bit professionally. I DON’T want to be one of those people who sells her RV because it's deteriorating in the driveway.
How I envy those of you who are already retired or soon-to-be!
Okay! I feel better now I’ve set my plans down on virtual paper so I can refer to it and stay on track.
Thanks for listening!