Dr. Katz and I had one more session together.
At this point it’s close to the end of 2013, and we agreed that I’d work on the remaining open items through 2014, with a quit date sometime in 2015 at the very latest.
What did we talk about in this final meeting?
Less nuts and bolts and more wistful dreaming, if you want to know.
He told me that he was going to spend the next year straight in Italy with his wife. He’d postponed it for a long time, due to obligations with his practice. Dr. Katz had to manage people with far more serious problems than mine — people who struggled with suicidal thoughts, people with out-of-control teenagers, people who held a tenuous grasp on their own lives. It’s difficult to take long vacations when you have these sorts of literally life-and-death responsibilities.
In turn, I revealed that I wanted to go to Portugal with my wife. He said he knew I would make it happen. He trusted me to do the work required to make our dreams a reality.
And I have. Since then, the gaps have been filled in my early retirement plan. Over the year of 2014, I’ve addressed most (if not all) of the problems I’d identified. I know that I’m ready to leave my industry, and as an added bonus, my wife is now on-board and ready to quit her own job and join me.
Now I’m in the middle of January of 2015 and my date is set for April.
And rather than dwell on what I’m leaving behind, all I can see is what’s to come.