me on my improved health, declaring
that retirement agrees with me. In that
respect, it does.
Vacillation over whether to maintain
an active law license and whether to
work again has kept me on an emotional roller coaster. One week, I eschew
law forever; the next, I contemplate
returning to work. Fortunately, this is
Even as it increasingly appears I will
never practice law again, I cannot bear
to forfeit my license; too much effort
went into obtaining and maintaining it,
it feels too much a part of my identity,
and I may need to return to work.
Right after retiring, I applied for sev-
eral legal positions. The openings oc-
curred shortly before my husband and
I departed on our longest driving trip
ever. One employer called for an inter-
view the day after we left. (At least it
assuaged my ego.) Since then, while oc-
casionally perusing job ads, rarely have
I applied, although some jobs tempt.
Could I, after tasting retirement
“freedom,” revert to the regimen of a
daily job with office working conditions,
lack of freedom to travel, the ultimate
control of a boss — and the need to become adept with the latest technology?
Sometimes, starting my own practice still beckons. However, with today’s
networking and social media emphasis,
I doubt I could prove competitive — or
even that interested. Besides, an unsuccessful youthful effort to start and run a
small magazine largely dashed my entrepreneurial tendencies.
Just in case, I continue to attend
CLEs, maintain my active license, and
keep up on law by professional reading.
I may need or want to return to work in
Freedom Reigns, but No
Because of the freedom retirement affords, I am glad I retired, and grateful I
could retire early. However, retirement
is not the panacea I envisioned. A less
abrupt, better planned retirement could
have cushioned against some of the uncertainties. A wealth of retirement information is now available to help, including
the WSBA website, which provides useful retirement transition information in
its Resources and Services section. NWL
Simcox, a retired federal
near Bremerton with her
Army and Navy practice (active
duty, then civilian) in recent years
emphasized environmental, real
estate, and contract law. She enjoys
bird-watching, nature moseying,
reading, writing, television, and
diverse music. She serves on the
WSBA Editorial Advisory Committee. Reach her at shelleyron@
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