Today as we celebrate the retirement of Olderhood Founder, William Storie, we are pleased introduce a new feature “Bill’s Blog”. This will be a section in which Bill tells it like it is …. like it or not!
What follows is Bill’s fist blog entry. Please let him know what you think:
The REST of my life:
I have just retired from my day job. I am ecstatic.
Many people have asked me what I intend to do with the rest of my life and I have two answers. One positive, the other negative.
First the Negative.
The phrase “the rest of my life” could mean that this period in my life is when I take the “big rest” – lie back, chill, relax, do nothing. Breather ; sleep ; slumber ; drowse ; lounge.
This doesn’t appeal to me I have to say.
Now the Positive.
The phase more appropriately means “the next chapter, or chapters, in my life.” A friend recently told me , “It is my opinion that people who think they will be too bored if they retire just aren’t living their life right – there is a lot to do out there.”
I like that a lot.
My feeling is that unless there is some sort of plan, or programme, then the default is simply to waste away until the “final rest”. Some people have lived their entire life following a strict schedule – be that work-driven, or interests-driven, or weather-driven, etc. That is fine. However, that suggests to me that their life has been driven by following someone else’s agenda. It can be influenced by children, or grandchildren’s needs, as we ourselves get older.
But is this not the time for us to design, then follow, our OWN agenda….? This is the
Me Time” in life. That phrase is not intended to sound selfish, but if your entire life has been running after external forces, then surely it is now time to run your own life.
I am really looking forward to being me.
I don’t think I will ever disregard people and focus only on me, be that family or friends, or people who rely on me. I can’t see myself looking in the mirror were I to do that. But I believe I have earned the right to do the things I want to do without an opinion from others. We learn from listening to other people, I accept that. But if I do something wrong, or at least could have done something better had I sought counsel, then so what if I goof up. As long as my error doesn’t hurt, or upset some folks, then it is only me to suffer the stupidity of what I’ve done. I can live with that.
So, maybe I should read the Olderhood Bucket List and see what other people are wanting to do with the rest of their lives. Some people have wonderful imaginations and ideas of what they want to do – whether they are achievable, or even realistic, is irrelevant. They are dreaming their own dreams I think I’ll do that also.
I “rest” my case.
P.s. This is my first personal blog entry ever!
As many of you know, I published BerBiz for almost 15 years from 1995 to about 2010. It evolved into a readership of about 17,000 worldwide. I loved doing it. It gave me the opportunity to write business articles and publish them through BerBiz.
So, over the years I probably did develop a “writing style”. Yet, when people suggested I should write a blog, I hesitated. The concern I had was that my articles were substantially business-speak, with the occasional humorous one. So, when I thought about blog-speak, and how different it was supposed to be, I simply choked on a theme. I could not see me writing updates on a regular basis about Bermuda business, or offshore business, or business in general. Dilemma.
Then I watched the movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. It’s about a group of British people in retirement setting off for India (very funny movie). One of the stars is Dame Judy Dench (brilliant). As she is walking into London’s Heathrow airport to fly off, she replies to a question about how to stay in touch, and says “read my blog.”
Wham. Right there and then I had it.
I have just from Butterfield Bank, Bermuda where I have been for the last 9 years – and moving into a new phase of my life. I will be opening a new private office in Bermuda and will do some consulting work maybe, some new projects, some community work, some family work….. and I will write.
So, why not write about the thoughts, feelings, emotions of migrating to retirement-in-waiting.
Then I can keep it going by talking about what I actually do with myself, offer some guidance (no, not advice). I’ve read many articles about retirement, about financial planning, about staying active, about health matters and so on and on. Yet very few have been written by people who have actually retired. I fail to see how some 35 year-old financial whizz kid has any idea of what it feels like to integrate financial planning with thoughts on longevity of life and all the other issues, concerns and perhaps, fears….. in real time. This is not a rehearsal.
So, that’s what I’m going to do. Stay tuned.
My theme (at last he finds one) is………
Migrating from Employment to Enjoyment.
p.p.s. thanks Dame Judy
(I know you’re reading this)
Bill Storie © 2013