Monday, December 02, 2013
Retired and Loving It!
There's something to be said for not having to be somewhere at a certain time! I love the mornings when I get up (not that I'm a late sleeper), get my coffee, and just do whatever I want at my own leisure. Read the paper! Go on the computer! Read a book! Honestly, since not going to work, I have waken up the alarm clock maybe 4 times. I LOVE IT! However, I have to say that time is flying by! These past 3 months seem to have moved at the speed of light!
I wish I could have taken all my coworkers with me on this "Retirement Journey." But their time will come, as has those before me. I wish all those left behind in State Government the best! I learned a lot in my almost 32 years of Government employment!
Firstly, good people have to work in a screwed up system sometimes! Took me a long time to learn this, but it's true. Staff bust their tails trying to serve the people of the State, and most times, staff get nothing but crap from the public as well as their employer! There are those rare times when someone gives you a compliment, but the majority of the job is filled with complaints! It seems personal! But the staff are just trying to do their best working in the system they have. In my particular area of government, most are social workers and people who really care about helping the clientele! When this cannot be accomplished, it makes the staff feel bad just as much as the client!
Secondly, if you want to succeed in State Government, one needs to learn quickly that "its' not your company!" Administration does not really care what you think! The "owners" of the company set an agenda, and staff are there to follow that agenda! Once in awhile staff's input may be sought, but this is rare. The reality is it's no different than working for "John's Mobile." John, the owner, hires employees to carry out his desires for the company, and the employees are there just to make it happen! Learn this lesson quickly, and there's less headaches in the long run!
Working frustrating? Yes! However, there were those good moments too! Times when I really saw my sweat pay off in getting a client something he really needed! And of course I got paid, good benefits, and the opportunity to retire earlier than most. For that I am extremely thankful!