Something new is waiting to be born.

That something is called the next phase of my life. I have a decision to make by October 10th. If I choose one way, everything will be different. If I choose another, things will likely change anyway (isn’t that the nature of life?)

I’ve been offered a fairly attractive early retirement package. This isn’t the first time, but it’s the first time I’ve seriously considered taking the offer.

I’ve got to tell you, this is a very hard decision for me.

I love the work I do. But.

The rules regarding telecommuting are changing. The role of my group has changed and there’s less need for what I do. I could likely transition to a different group, but see the bit about telecommuting.

Also, I’ve survived layoffs for 10+ years; at this point it feels like a matter of time.

On the other hand, as I said, I love the kind of work I do. I like my colleagues and have a great manager. So this is a very hard decision for me.

I’m still in the anger/denial stage of processing this decision. Acceptance comes after a decision is made either way.

After the 10th I’ll likely provide an update here. Until then …

These two pictures aren’t related to the post, but I took them while out riding my bike today so thought I’d share.

Cool Lindsborg Clouds

Cool Lindsborg Clouds

Early Color in Lindsborg

Early Color in Lindsborg