But merciful God... now that the end of that chapter of life is closing, I know that life can feel and be different. Every day in every way since I got the news of retirement the waves of stress continue to fall away... and it's been many, many years since I've smiled so much and it feels good.
The only way I can compare it is to a Veteran who has been in heavy fighting for years, to quite suddenly and unexpectedly, be on a flight home. Difficult to understand and deal with at first, but as the reality of freedom slowly sinks in, life presents itself full of possibilities, and the feeling of being free and never having to go back is absolutely indescribable.
This past week I just filled the last Xanax prescription I'm ever gonna need. Just a few more days to go. God is good.
And I am blessed.