I got involved in a rather frustrating conversation with a friend today. He regaled me with a list of what he is going to do when he retires. He is forty something and likely won’t retire for 20 years!
Someone else I know has a watch with no hands and no numbers on it. It just says, “It’s Now!”, in slightly shouty red letters. Yes, really. He is a little wearing and prone to trying to do everything at once. I keep meaning to get that tatooed on the inside of my eyelids though.
Anyway, I shared my retirement to do list (which I had to make up on the spot) with my friend and he observed that it’s mostly made up of things I already do, albeit not quite as much as I may like.
Some people appear never to retire, they just sort of slow down and continue doing things that they really enjoy. Writers and explorers often fall into this category, as do many sports people when their passion flows into punditry and journalism.
It struck me that if you retire and completely stop doing what you were doing before, that it is likely that you didn’t enjoy what you were doing.
Another friend once told me at a time of personal crisis for me, that I should choose to be in control, a polite way of saying, “Don’t be a victim”. Great advice, the best I have ever received.
Anyway, it is Now! Enjoy it.