I’m getting to an age where I am starting to see people that I grew up around retiring from the work that they have surrounded themselves with over many years. Now that I have been working in the field that I work in for close to 20 years I find that I’m still happy with the decision that I made, and the career that I found.
As a father, I can say that I truly want my own kids to be able to find the life and the career so that they will love what they are doing and find happiness in their lives. I work with millennials everyday, and even read studies that show how dissatisfied many of them are with the idea of staying with one company over their entire career. Gone are the days of being at one company for your entire career, getting your gold watch, and the pension to boot. The challenge that I find is what to say to my kids, and how to best help them as they move through their lies toward an uncertain future. I know that I cannot give them all of the answers, and they have to have that uncertainty in their lives to be able to find themselves comma but that is a bit unsettling for me and for any father.
I have to say though that I am renewed anytime that I go to a retirement party and listen to the words that the person that is retiring shares. Just recently, I went to the retirement of a beloved teacher that I had in high school. Below is the video that I took and the words that he shared. These words were meaningful to me and also to everyone in attendance. However, the words were not said just for us, they were heartfelt and really showed the passion, the drive and the life that this teacher built it is many years teaching at one school.
So while I don’t know what the future holds for my kids, and I can’t make the decisions for them. I can do some things, and share good examples of lives that have been well lived and careers that have been meaningful. For me, this is part of my job of being their father.