Earlier this week, a friend of mine asked if I was taking time off over the holidays.
“How many days are you taking off work..?” he asked.
I had to think about it. I had no immediate answer (strange, I hear you mutter). It finally dawned on me. “Hey. I’m retired ….”
“I can take the rest of my life off work.. !!!”
It was, in some respects, a chilling thought. I don’t have to think about that any more. Woo-hoo.
For years and years, especially while I had my own consulting company, I always had to balance business momentum and client servicing on the one hand, with family commitments on the other hand.
I remember one year being in Los Angeles on business, and just managing to get back here (4 hour time difference and 8 hours flying) on Christmas Eve. To be honest, I didn’t give it much thought (I think my family did though), as it was simply something that had to be done.
I’m not a big fan of Christmas if truth be told, but I recognise that some of the “jolly, ho-ho-ho” was knocked out of me over the years due to business priorities. And yes, it’s all too easy to say that family events must take precedence at this time of year and that everyone understands if you stay away from the office for a week or so.
That is simply not true.
The anxiety over any absence from the business, particularly if you are in your own business, is a compelling issue. And while your clients are off drinking and carol singing, their angst about you not responding to their issues, somehow becomes a major concern. “Unfair”, you say. “Reality” I say.
But this year I can confidently say, “Stuff your turkey yourself mate”. In fact, “Stuff your ……”, oops, better not go there. If I choose, I can take time off. I won’t of course, but I could if I wanted to (he says with straight face).
Mind you, the management of Olderhood and its satellite developments may mean that some time will have to be set aside to take care of business. As the King once said, “TCB”….. which was the ring he always wore, and the insignia on the tailfin of his private jet. Hopefully you don’t need me to tell you who the King is. And no, he wasn’t one of the Three Wee Kings either !!!!!
Anyway, it’s still warm here in Bermuda. A mild December. I imagine that Donner and Blitzen and “Olive” will struggle again pulling the sleigh of the guy with the white beard. They desperately seek snow around these parts year after year. It’s a shame really.
5 days or so to go, so take some time off all you Oldsters, and smile, it won’t last much longer !!!
I wish you and your families a very happy, peaceful and restful holiday season.
A little bit of Olderhood, if I may ………..
This week also saw the production of my first Olderhood video. Just a little “Welcome to Olderhood” piece. It was great fun to produce. More to follow,
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