The end of the road? No Way!

When the day comes that your working life is over, maybe through illness, accident or apparent decrepitude brought on by reaching a certain age, it can give you quite a jolt. Even though I anticipated it with pleasure the realisation that I was now a non-worker so no longer ever going to earn money again was quite confronting. I also wondered how I’d feel when all my colleagues returned to work after the holiday break, usually I was ready to start another working year by then. What actually happened was that I was swamped by an overwhelming feeling of relief. No more meetings. No more pointless meetings which seemed to continue simply because they were part of the calendar. No more following inane policies which inevitably resulted in hours of extra T&D sessions, no more hours and angst invested in implementing the policy which would eventually be supplanted by another policy to show that we were innovative, progressive and not afraid of change.

Absolute relief. I could do what I chose to do! The first thing I chose to do was stay in bed an hour later ……….. on the cold winter mornings which inevitably arrived I snuggled under the covers for even longer! Workers ask what I do all day and it’s hard to explain but I am busy all day. I don’t watch much TV and I never switch it on during the day, it doesn’t interest me. If I discover a really good book I have to prise myself away from it or I will read to the end in one sitting but I actually prefer to be outside and doing things.

I would love to be able to capture images I see on canvas but I’ve always been disappointed when I’ve tried so I take the easy way out and use a camera instead. Photography also allows me to see detail in tiny creatures, details I can never normally see eg did you know flies blow bubbles? I find that fascinating. Helping things grow, placing objects for interest and wildlife shelter and observing creatures that move into the new environment is another interest and just being out walking recharges my batteries. Inevitably boring stuff like housework interferes with my enjoyment but I always manage to keep that at an absolute minimum. I have made lists of things I need/want to do but so far haven’t got around to those yet.  Many people seem to see travel as filling their retirement but after a few weeks  I’m always happy to come home to my bed, my shower, my garden and my space.

People always advocate volunteering for retirees but I’m not ready to do that yet, I’m just relishing the luxury of choosing what to do in my time and being able to decide on the spur of the moment. I love it!

Bubble Blower
Bubble Blower

Introducing Me

Why this blog? I’ve now reached a point where most of my life is behind me and fortunately I have plenty of experiences which have enriched my living. Communicating online rather than face to face, I am less afraid of being embarrassed by recalling past experiences or expressing my current opinions so I am able to “voice” them on a wide range of topics. If people aren’t interested in what they read just one click and I’m gone but I always find constructive feedback a delight to read. Keeping a personal journal doesn’t provide that option.

I am particularly interested in environmental issues but also ways in which lifestyles and expectations have changed over the years and the assumptions people make about others. I’m sure my blog will also provide me with the opportunity for the occasional rant on a current topic!

I would like to connect with people who are interested in similar things, perhaps some who have never even thought along the same lines or even considered the topic at all. People who try to dominate or browbeat are not on my list of those to be encouraged.

If I manage to complete the “Zero to Hero” challenge in 2014 I hope I will have interacted with a range of people who have made me think and who have thought along with me. I hope I will have created a blog that entices viewers to investigate my site and gives them satisfaction or better still, a laugh, from reading it.