Next Life chapter: Retire or Retread
What is your next Life chapter?
Now and then, on my way to here and there, I see shells of a tire on the roadside. Not the whole tire, just a piece of the outside, as if someone cut a ragged slice off of the tread. Sometimes they are called Road Alligators, but I have always heard them called retreads. According to Dictionary.com, a retread is a tire that has had a new tread glued onto or cut into the old, worn down surface. So when a set of automobile tires no longer passes inspection, the owner either re-tires (buys new tires) or retreads. A retread is also a person retrained for a new job or “a person representing older or previous times, ideas, policies, etc., especially when they are deemed passé or tiresome.”
Two of the definitions of the word retire are, to remove or withdraw oneself and to quit working or leading an active life due to age. In two years, I will retire from my position in Granite School District. I will quit working full time as a Registered Nurse but I have no intention of withdrawing or removing myself from an active life. I think I’ll retread. Art classes sound good. Volunteering in a hospital or school doing “busy work” to free up the Nurses and Teachers is another option. Or maybe I’ll be a story reader in my local library. Most of all I intend to be a person who represents older values. Much older, as in “in the beginning was the word”, especially when they are deemed passé or tiresome.
So, what is your next Life chapter?