Bobbi Linkemer Announces Her Retirement
Dear friends, regular visitors, and occasional guests:
Nothing lasts forever. Life is like a river, constantly changing. There are some things we would like to keep and others we are only too happy to let go of, but they will all come and go in their own time, no matter how we feel about it. Buddhism teaches that nothing is fixed or permanent in this world. Everything is subject to change.
After twenty years of working in corporate America and thirty years under the banner of Bobbi Linkemer & Co. as an author, book coach, ghostwriter, and editor, I have learned to accept the law of impermanence. When something has run its course, there is no sense fighting the inevitable. And though I had planned to work until I turned one hundred, that wasn’t a very realistic goal.
It is time to take down the shingle, turn out the lights, and close the door (think Mary Tyler Moore Show if you’re old enough). This was obviously a difficult decision, and as I go through the concrete steps of dismantling what it took so many years to build, I am flooded with conflicting emotions, the most compelling of which is a profound sense of loss. But I know this too shall pass away.
I will miss all the tumult of running a small business. I will miss every single person I have encouraged to write and helped to fulfill your creative dreams. I will miss being too busy to breathe and even those downtimes when the future seemed uncertain. I will miss the sense of flow I feel when the writing is going well and the satisfaction of being paid for doing the work I love. And, most important, I will miss you.
Writers don’t write in a vacuum. We need readers, especially those who are touched by our words. We need the relationships we form that are both tangible and invisible. We need subjects we care about and some indication that we are making a difference in the world. We need to write.
As I enter this phase of my life, I have no idea what retirement will look like, but I am sure it is a blessing that we cannot predict the future. If there is one constant in my ever-changing life, it is that, whatever I do, it will have something to do with helping writers write. Of that, you can be sure.
Stay well and keep writing!