As I’m writing this, I’m sitting here in beautiful southwest Florida on a clear full moon night. It’s currently 73 degrees, crickets are chirping (at least I think they’re crickets), and I’ve got an ice cold Yuengling in my hand. Things are finally starting to look up for ol’ John Shue!
I’ve still got some loose ends to tie up, financially speaking. But I have recently received some good news in that department. My retirement money from working for the government for the past 10 years is finally coming through. It’s a fairly sizable amount of money. Some friends of mine have tried talking me into rolling it over into a 401k or similar retirement plan. Sure, I could do that. But that doesn’t help me with the issues I’m having right now. And besides that, who says I’m ever going to be able to retire anyway?
Some will argue that money is the root of all evil. They’ll even swear it’s in the bible. But they are oftentimes misquoting the bible. You see, it’s not money that is the root of evil, but the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10.) I’m a firm believer in that. It even says in the Good Book that money is the answer for everything (Ecclesiastes 10:19.) Back when I had a love for money, and loved getting as much of it as I could in order to buy nice things, everything fell apart. Now that I have very little in the way of physical possessions, I can see this more clearly than ever. This money that I’ve been asking for is the answer to some of the bigger problems I have right now in my life. Everything else has been ultra simplified.
This retirement money, for me, is a way of retiring from my old life. A completely fresh start; a “reset” button on life in general. Will some of my old problems still be there? Sure they will. Will I still be unemployed? Yes, for the time being. But that too will be fixed sooner rather than later. I’m an intelligent, likable, and certainly employable gent. It’s just a matter of time before the right job and I find each other. Until then I’m going to continue my search for gainful employment, I’m going to start planning the restructuring phase of my life, and I’m going to take time to stop and not only smell the roses, but I’m going to photograph them this time around too!
As I’m finishing up this entry, I’m finding my Yuengling bottle several ounces lighter. It’s time for some more pondering and another brewski!