December 4 marks a major birthday milestone for me today. The BIG 5-5! Why is age 55 a milestone you might ask? Why not 60 or 70?
If you follow my blog you know that I retire in less than three weeks.
For public employees who have been working in the government and public service sector, in some public retirement systems, age 55 is the age where employees hit the magic number to retire and receive a decent pension. My magic number is 2% at 55. This means that, after 31 years at 2%, this equals to 62% of my current salary. Add that to my part-time lecturing and consulting, I can retire at 55 and be done with the full time rat race!
As I celebrate the meaning of this birthday, I am especially blessed by friends and family who post “Happy Birthday” on my Facebook page. I have always been diligent about wishing friends Happy Birthday on Facebook, so I love getting these posts and comments, too.
As I reflect on 55 years of life, I am reminded of God’s goodness and my family’s love and support. I also want to acknowledge the benefits of having wonderful friends whether I see them in person or in cyberspace. I am amazed at how many people I consider friends whom I have never met, but know because of Facebook, WordPress, LinkedIn, or other cyber-means!
Thank you for being in my life!