Flipping Retirement (On its head) !!! by Bill Storie


I retired from my day job a year ago July (2013). For the first two or three months I laid back and did nothing, which for me was weird.

I intentionally chose to forget what day it was. I realized for the first time in my life that I could sleep in and it would make no difference to me, or for that matter, the rest of the world. I could get through a day without having to speak to anyone (family excepted… well almost !!). If I had any money concerns about now being in retirement, I chose to think about taking a nap instead. Perfect world you say.

It didn’t last long.

Was I starting to yearn for the camaraderie of the workplace .? – a wee bit maybe. Did I miss the paycheck.? – kind of. Did I miss the commute .? – strangely, I did (I did say “weird” didn’t I).

Something had to change.

So, I contacted all my old mates to tell them I was back in the game and would be glad to do some consulting work. After all, I hadn’t lost my work habits and skills. I sat back and waited for the phone to ring. And waited. And waited. And waited. Well, the phone never rang.

So, either they didn’t have any work (not true) ; or they didn’t like me (true in some/many cases) ; or they thought I was too old. I put my money on the last one. To those who are reading this I say, “With the help of God you will be old one day yourself.”

But now I had the taste of business again, albeit in a brand new way. I could become anything I wanted to be as long as I was in control. And that word “control” was the key word. When I voiced it to myself, the jigsaw pieces start to move around the table.

Rather than shift the control of MY life to my old mates (and I now stress the word “old” !!), I realized that the control of MY life was in MY hands. I just had to wake up and use whatever skills I did have to apply my thinking to what I wanted to do, or be.

So, over this past maybe six months, I have been working (with others) on a new project.

Next week, I will tell you more (bet you can’t wait, huh???)



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