Counting down towards two full years as a retiree from first class of baby boomers
November 19, 2006
In January, it will two full years of retirement from my regular day job as a staffer in the Michigan Legislature.
In the next couple weeks, I hope to use my posts to help sort out where I've been the past two years and where I want to go. I'm not talking about traveling. I'm talking about where I want to focus my energies.
One thing I've noticed is that my interest in politics has cooled dramatically. A major contributor could be the ugliness of the past campaign.
I vividly remember the first time I visited the State Capitol building and gazing in wonder at the chambers for the House of Representatives and the Senate. I knew I wanted to work there. And for most of my adult life, I did in a variety of jobs.
My passion was to be part of an effort to make this world a better place to live. Looking back, I can see that laws and government can do little to change and positively affect human behavior. There's part of me that misses it. But, political parties has made democracy a battle for empty labels and not for principle and positive purpose.
I think I've shed the part of my identity where so much of my life revolved around politics. I can now just be myself.
Don't take me wrong, I'm still interested and very concerned. But, my perspective is that of a private citizen. I have either found or rediscovered other interests. More about that later.
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