Talking Circles online! What a great idea, especially now when many of us are still not congregating in person.

Like you, Cigdem, I stopped dreaming because of my intense work schedule. The only dream I had, and it seemed to be impossible, was to retire. But, in the midst of the pandemic and concerns about working with people who don't wear masks and are what I consider to be unsafe about the virus, I was forced to look at my situation and find a way where I could continue to work for a while and feel safe. Out of that came my partial retirement, allowing me to work late afternoons, evenings, and weekends away from other people and away from the stress of those people. I guess that was a dream and the virus helped me to find a way to achieve it.

Thank you for sharing your advice and experiences with us. And, welcome to Weeds & Wildflowers!

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