Back in September 2011 when I dressed for a job interview with the President and CEO of Westminster Towers, my husband was less than supportive of the idea. As I walked out the door he said, “Why are you doing this? You are too old to find a new job.”
It was true, I was in my early 60’s and starting over wasn’t going to be easy after working at The Herald newspaper for 17 years. But it was time for a change and I was instantly drawn to the Towers Community the first time I browsed through their website and FaceBook page.
Besides, most of the Towers residents considered someone in their 60’s young – very young in fact. You are only as old as you feel and the 60’s are the new 50’s – right?
My instincts about the Towers were correct. I immediately felt ‘at home’ when I started my new job a few weeks later. I quickly became attached to the Towers’ residents and was impressed with the love and dedication the staff had for the people we served. This was the job I had worked for my whole life! I was able to use all my past office experiences and skills while being stretched and challenged to learn new things. I considered it a big plus that this was a Christian environment where we can openly pray for guidance before meetings and the love of Christ is demonstrated daily throughout the Towers community.
Every day I walk into the Towers lobby I am blessed. The Towers community has encouraged and inspired me by their approach to life and the challenges we all face as we grow older. For the last six years I can honestly say I have loved my job!
Yet, this past summer I have felt a stirring in my heart that it was time for a change; that the Lord was directing my steps to something new. As I write this, I can’t believe I am only days away from retiring from my position as the Executive Support Manager for Westminster Towers.
I am having conflicting emotions about this new journey. I’m excited, yet feeling slightly insecure about my financial security (does anyone ever feel like they have saved enough money to retire?) and the idea of saying good-bye to so many sweet friends makes me sad, even though I know I can drop in and visit anytime. I’m pensive about my future, yet look forward to discovering new hobbies and opportunities to try new things now that I will have the time —because I deep-down know that God is in control.
I don’t know what the future will hold for me after September 29, 2017, but I do know that the past six years have been wonderful and I’m glad that I didn’t listen to my silly husband when he pooh-poohed the idea of me starting over — I guess I showed him that the 60’s are the new 50’s after all!
“The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23
– Bette Christenson