Of all the first responders, the emergency medical technician is the front line of emergency situations and those who take up this noble profession dedicate themselves to working under extreme pressure, providing life-preserving medical treatment at the scene. You have to be a special kind of person to perform in emergency situations, day in, day out and as the years pass, this stressful work becomes an essential aspect of you and your personality.
Finding a New Passion
If you were thinking you can retire and sit at home all day, think again, as this isn’t going to happen. Rather you need to find a new fix; a hobby such as remote-controlled aircraft, fishing or taking up the game of golf. Whatever lights your fire, as they say, and if EMT retirement means the start of a new pursuit, the transition is much smoother as you have something to direct your energy towards.
Planning your Time
Rather than seeing retirement as the loss of something, you should have a positive perspective, focusing on the new found freedom you have and having been a pillar of the community for so many years, you can finally enjoy your golden retirement years. There are online support organisations that connect first responders after retirement and offer advice and counselling when needed.
Write your Memoirs
Many long-term first responders have amassed some amazing stories over the years and this makes for great reading for people from all walks of life. Who knows? A younger person could read your stories and be so motivated, they take up a career as a first responder! The process of recalling all those experiences in order to write them down, is something that makes you realise just how much you did during your lengthy career and you might even make the best seller’s list!
The worst thing you can do is sit around at home all day, with no particular plan, as this allows the mind to wander and brood. You will still have a fire within you that needs quenching and rather than trying to snuff that out, you should direct your energy into a new project, which will give you a good reason to stay focused.
Keep in Touch with Other Responders
Retiring doesn’t have to mean you cut all ties with your colleagues, rather you should keep in touch and meet regularly; no doubt you made some firm friendships along the way, so make sure you keep those relationships intact.
It is important to have the support and encouragement from family and friends when you finally do retire and your retirement years will be filled with happiness and contentment.