Retired. The word has a long-standing odour of decrepitude. A musty hint of pasture and uselessness. But there is nothing fusty about the word. Quite the contrary. Retire stems from Latin re [again, back] and French tirer [draw]. Draw back–as an archer would. Which, of course, presumes another shot.
Simply put, I’m about to draw again. Another shot into a wider world. More than a little daunting sometimes, not unlike a blank page. I feel like a kid with a fresh box of crayons.