Five years ago today, after a twenty-five year career, I retired from the Tulsa Police Department! Wow, how time flies! And I’m sure the next five years will fly by equally fast. Of course I’m now pursuing another career (librarianship) . . . and who knows how long I’ll stay with this one. But I’m still fairly young (early 50s) and I’m certainly not ready to really quit working completely just yet; I’ve probably got somewhere between 15 and 20 years left in me. I’m your typical Type-A, workaholic personality — I’ve just got to keep busy doing something.
Here’s an article on the seven keys to retiring happy (by Chuck Joyner).
1. Have a plan (I did, and I’m executing it to perfection).
2. Have interests NOT related to your law enforcement job (I do).
3. Don’t take on a victime mentality (this is a tough one, but I’m getting better at it).
4. Never love anything that can’t love you back (i.e., the job or the organization — I don’t).
5. It’s okay to miss the people, but don’t miss the job (I do miss the people and stay in touch with a few).
6. Recognize the privilege of being a warrior (’twas the greatest job in the world and it was a privilege).
7. Don’t forget you’re a sheepdog and a warrior (I don’t, I’m ever vigilant).
For those of you still working, take these seven keys to heart and start your plan today, for your retirement will be here before you know it and I would hate for you to be unprepared!
And, if you are not sure if you are ready to retire from law enforcement yet, check out this article by Dave Smith.