As retirement loomed three or four years ago, I thought about what I wanted my life to be like. In that soul searching exercise, I discovered that the experience that I most loved was being a student. Through college and graduate school, I loved engaging my mind in a rigorous and challenging way. Being part of a community of like minded individuals would be a very satisfying way to live. The only aspect of my student days that I did not want to revisit was the massive stress involved in getting good grades.
So, I hatched the plan to go back to school. In that early stage it didn’t really matter what or where, but I had to make some kind of decision to make the fantasy a concrete reality. Come back next time for how I made that decision.