Opportunity cost is what made me miserable during the first months of retirement. I missed the students (a lot), I missed the familiar schedule and I missed a budget that had more wiggle-room.
Opportunity cost also is why I’m glad I made the change. Today and tomorrow, I will hang out with family—on weekdays! This morning I will take a long bike ride (more flexibility to do that now). And this weekend, I will send my final book copy to the designer.
It’s funny; writing teachers have a hard time writing. There’s too much grading to take on a work that requires a whole day of research, or a month, or several years like my current project.
So, although I miss the old days, I wouldn’t go back.
Robert Frost called it the “Road Not Taken.” Why change directions when the path you’re on is “making all the difference”?