Back in 1950, a man opened up his own private practice. The practice specialized in treating heart and lung diseases. Over time he took on a partner and they carried on a full work load.
Fast forward 41 years to 1991, where there was a young lady, who had recently graduated with a Medical Assistant certification. She was excited to work in her first Dr.s office, working with patients. She performed numerous EKG’s and chest x-rays.
I was that young lady and I worked in the Dr.s office that opened in 1950. I really enjoyed the work I did there. Loved the patients, and both Doctor’s were very friendly and easygoing. I was thinking the one may retire while I was still there, but he didn’t.
I moved away from the area and continued working with patients at another Dr.s office and then worked in a nursing home and the list goes on. This post really isn’t about my career choices though, its more about retirement.
What do you think about when you think of retirement? For those of you who are retired, what led to your decision to retire? Did you just feel the time had come, and you wanted to begin a new chapter in life? Did you still have a passion for the job you retired from? Has your retirement led to new things for you to enjoy?
There are no right or wrong answers, I am just curious, and would love to hear your thoughts. Curious because I was given a shock yesterday. I came across an article about the Dr.s office that I worked for back in the early 1990’s. The Dr. that opened his office in 1950, the Dr. who hired me in 1991, that Dr. just recently retired!! Remember how I thought he would retire back when I started working there? He retired in 2015! He retired at the age of 96!! He had planned on never retiring but recent health issues are what led him to closing his doors. For all of you who are close to 65 and thinking retirement is coming soon, can you imagine working for 30 more years??
It just blows my mind that he was able to still keep a full time schedule at the age of 96! He not only saw patients at his office but went to a nursing home 2x a week to see patients as well. Anyone else feeling lazy, besides me?
He has kept up his pace, but one thing that he did not keep up with was the the progression of technology. He had no computerized records on his patients. The article also said how the office decor was still the same as back in the 50’s. I can still visualize those straight backed wooden chairs and the antique phones. But his patients came to see him, not the furniture. He was one of those Doctor’s that would spend 30 minutes talking to his patient, not rushing them out the door.
His son said how in his free time all his dad did was read medical journals and articles. I believe being a Doctor really was his passion. He touched many of his patients lives I am sure, the article said how his patients hated to see him go and I can imagine that. Some of his patients had been seeing him for the majority of their lives!
Whatever your passion may be, keep it alive!