In training for retirement

home-train“So, are you bored with retirement yet..?’ he asked.

“Do I look bored.?”, I said.

“No you don’t, but if I was retired I’d be climbing the walls by now”.

What is it with this “what to do” stuff….?

I am busier now than I have been in a long time, and I’m thrilled. Who said, ”How will you fill your days..?”.

The nice thing about this retirement gig is that I can work at my own pace, at my own hours, and at my own pleasure. I still do some consulting work, so I do need to conform to office routines somewhat, but because the days seem longer now, and I waken very early, then I have ample time to do what I want to do, and still be in bed by 6.30pm .. !!

Just kidding.

The feeling of not being concerned about checking Facebook at 4 in the morning, reading the papers online, sending some e-mails (just to annoy friends in London for example, who haven’t arrived in their office by then) is a great pleasure. If I go back to bed and fall asleep again, so what ?

It was always a bad feeling, in the days of day job, to waken early, not get back to sleep, toss and turn, get uptight and so forth just because I had an important meeting at 9 am. The mind would work overtime at that time in the morning. “I better say this”; “I need to remind him to do that” ; “I hope that report is available” ; and so forth. Yikes.

Moving on ….

I love trains and I watch lots of videos of train journeys etc. All my life I wanted to get up very early and go to work on the trains. A Railway Guard perhaps. Or a Station Manager. I love the Indian Railways. The sheer numbers of people travelling every day on the Bombay/Mumbai Railway System is phenomenal. The dedication of those people who get up early and go to work in the middle of the night is wonderful. I salute them, and all other early-rising service providers.

That’s what I should have been – a train driver.

Oh well, too late now. I’ll just tell people, “Well actually I’m retired now, but I used to work on the railways”.

They’ll never know !!!

Check out our Transitions Series at It discusses a range of topics about the Transition to retirement from a busy working life, and the thoughts, feelings and emotions experienced. This week’s title is “Being around the House”. I hope you like it.

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Bye, Bill 

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