Time comes in all lives when a person says “That’s enough…I’m done…” Turning off the tractor, closing the grade book, handing over the keys and walking away.
Point of this post:
Recognize when it is time to stop, to walk away.
You know when it is time, you can feel it. Do not deny the hip, knee, or shoulder. Do not ignore pain or sense of exhaustion. Growing old is serious business.
A number of issues forced me to retire from teaching, a good ten years early. Pain took me out. Changes in state requirement were strangling teachers and education.
Mainly, joy was leaving me.
When that joy is gone, it is time to stop, to walk away, and head to something that returns joy to you.
Have you done that? Can you do that?