Originally Posted by smrobs
Thanks you guys. Iride, you're right, I am scared to death. I have never liked change very much but this is really big. I guess that I shouldn't feel too terrible because there are some of my closer friends that I am going to keep seeing. We usually go bowling or play pool at least 2 times a month and I will just have to take some time and come down here. Most of them are happy for me and have told me that they are glad I am getting out while I am still young, before I got trapped like some of them are; being too old to start a new career but not old enough to retire yet.
Do make the effort to keep in touch. After I left my job (13 years) there was a fellow I was very close to. We had a standing first Sunday of the month bloody mary breakfast until his health kept him from it. Don't let those friendships go.
You're starting on a new path. Its only normal for your first few steps to be shaky ones. I'm know with time they will become sure and strong.