Today I got my last paycheck from my newspaper job.
I have been enormously relieved not to be working this week and after just a few days off I can't help but wonder how I have managed all these years.
My relief today, has been somewhat overshadowed by this idea of the "last paycheck." It has been a long time since I've been without a paycheck, and under our current plan this will last for another year. I hope not longer.
While I have gained sleep, there is definitely lost income. And lost income, for me, is often associated with loss of autonomy. Perhaps it will be a year to discover a new kind of freedom.