Too much has happened since my last post and I have been afflicted with writer’s block big time! I couldn’t seem to force myself to write a post for the life of me. I decided that today was the day to push through so here we go. There are four reasons why my mind was locked up!
I officially retired as director of the Lucas Center for Faculty Development at Florida Gulf Coast University on April 30, 2016. Although I was looking forward to the freedom of retirement, the final days at the university were very bittersweet for me. I had been with FGCU for over 20 years and was a founding faculty member. It’s hard to leave something that has identified you for so much of your professional career.
Navigating the paperwork of retirement has been a challenge! There is Medicare, Supplemental, Drug Plan, Social Security, Pension, etc. Some of these challenges have required hours on the phone, trips to offices, more paperwork, etc. Then there are the issues of budgeting when the money comes in once a month instead of every two weeks plus figuring out how much to withhold for tax purposes. The whole process took weeks!
A few weeks before my retirement, my mother passed away. It was not unexpected since she was a month shy of 95 and was in a nursing home. I had gone to see her at Easter, just a few weeks before she passed but when my brother-in-law called to say she was gone, I was taken for a loop. I still have bouts of sadness even though I know she is in a better place and with my Dad and the rest of her family. I miss both of my parents deeply.
I had to spend the past 3 weeks with my foot in a boot! No long walks, no exercise classes, just couch potato land! You would think sitting on the couch reading, watching Hallmark movies and wanting so bad to move would have motivated me to WRITE a post; but, no, gridlock continued! The boot came off a few days ago and it is a joy to wear a normal shoe again rather than drag a cement block around but it wasn’t until today that I wrote one word!
A few things have shaken me out of the doldrums and gotten my fingers moving on the keyboard again. The motivation to get going is based on a big dose of guilt! I’ve received e-mails and texts from readers asking if they have missed any posts! A dear friend from the past found my blog and wrote to me last week and I felt bad that the darn thing was so out-of-date. Another friend e-mailed me and said that if I couldn’t exercise the body, I should exercise the mind! Thank you all!
I’ve learned that any block to moving forward can be hard to break through. Possibly laziness comes into play but similar to when I had writer’s block at work, the best antidote is to just do it! My life changes muddled my mind but now I feel content and accomplished that I have typed this post. There are more to come, my friends.
How do you work through a road block in your life? Leave a comment above.