Seasoned PR pros are pretty damned astute. At least, I’d like to think so. Remember the adage, “Don’t forget where you came from”?
Before you take a peek at the balance in your 401(k), read on.
Here are 10 signs
that retirement may be closer than you think.
1. Everyone you’ve interacted
with this week is named Chad, Preston, Kaileigh, or Amanda. (“Susan” is a dead giveaway that I’m among the seasoned).
2. When asked
how long you’ve been in the field, you have to pinch yourself. Then you begin to mumble.
3. You remember
planning press conferences when reporters actually showed up.
4. The only web you recall
as a child is the book, Charlotte’s Web
. How could you forget? You nailed an “A” on your fourth-grade book report.
5. You cherish
the memory of not having a cell phone and still being able to get the job done.
6. You took
a typing class in high school that was missing one thing: guys.
7. When you called
a newsroom to pitch stories, it was staffed by 12 full-time people, four weekend reporters, and a sports department that worked around the clock.
8. To blast out your press releases, you used
9. When you drove
to a client meeting, you jotted down the odometer readings from your dashboard so you could get reimbursed for travel. No Mapquest or GPS. And the only time you mentioned “Google” was when you were entertaining your 3-year-old nephew. Who knew?
10. Viral meant you needed
to go home and get plenty of bed rest.
Care to add to the list? Feel free; I’ll be sitting on the front porch of the PR Retirement Home with Uncle Joe from the Shady Rest Hotel on Petticoat Junction.
A version of this story originally appeared on the website Get In Front Communications.