Like in politics constructive and periodic change is welcome when reseting one’s personal priorities, as long as it isn’t too radical. Whatsoever we attempt to do in life can always be done better if the need presents itself. For the past five-and-a-half years of retirement, I have pursued the dream of remaking myself into a more productive, sensitive, and creative person. The exercise has been good because it has allowed me to choose new things when it comes to building my character. I now read more widely and critically, try new foods, meet people outside my traditional circle, travel further afield, explore new ideas, and compete at a new level of confidence. But like a lot of things, we start to plateau. I can now ref a basketball game without too much trouble, take challenging university courses and earn respectable grades, enter essay contests and win book prizes, travel to exotic places and return with positive memories, compete and win in a major lawn bowling competition, maintain a weekly blog, do a daily read through the Bible over a year, and continue to enjoy a wonderful relationship with my dear wife. So why change with so much going for me, you might ask? Well, it is this simple. I want to get back into the workforce so I can establish a new focus in life that amounts to acquiring a new set of skills that will put put me in touch with people in a more effective fashion. While I have belonged to various organizations over the last several years, membership was generally pursuing some personal goal like mastering a game, overcoming a fear, socializing, and enjoying the life of entitlement. What I have learned is that I can be trained to do a task or enjoy an activity as long as I come with a decent attitude. Now that I know that retirement is really only a label that people use to describe those who leave the ranks of the employed to rest and relax after long years of service, I have decided to reverse the time-honored process only because I don’t want to rest easy on my laurels. While this move has little or no financial motivation, it will come with some personal costs and ramifications like adjusting to a new schedule, organizing time better, and becoming more focused, This week, just before Christmas, I will be doing my first shift of work in over five years, something I never thought would happen when I finished teaching at Smithers Secondary in 2011. I intend to share my new learning curve with my readers with a weekly blog so you can be the judge as to how I am coping with the stress that is bound to come with monumental change.