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The Process of Retirement

Updated on February 23, 2012
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This is my first Hub so please bear with me!


This not meant as a financial or practical guide to retiring – just an account of my experience with the process and maybe a few tips with some humour thrown in.



Pre-retirement


1 It is useful to have others who are retiring with you as you can become conspiratorial and giggle in corridors and get seriously demob happy.


2 For the year and months before you go keep reminding yourself that you’re going to retire so it doesn’t just creep up on you.


3 Obviously make sure that it’s financially viable.


4 Plan ahead – if you’re the type of person who always has to be busy then have activities organised to do after retirement. If not, you’re like me and will be happy just footering (a good Scottish word meaning fiddling around without achieving anything) around.



Retirement


1 There may be many gatherings and parties celebrating your retiral – in my case there were 4 - and you will get very tired. Do not fart when making speeches – I did – it’s a bit embarrassing especially if it’s loud.


2 The whole of the last month and especially the last few days will pass in a blur and may be overwhelming.


3 You may end up with a chocolate shop, a wine and liquor store and a card shop in the front room of your house. This happened to me.


4 You may get many pleasant surprises like people you haven’t seen for years turning up to wish you well.


5 There will be much sobbing and gnashing of teeth all around you as you attempt to leave the establishment for the last time after you have spent over 30 years there.


6 Hold it all together till you get home and then you can let it all out – and there will be a lot of it to let out I can tell you.


7 You will be drained for many days afterwards.



Post-retirement


1 You may experience some minor ailments as you get used to being retired eg strained neck muscles. It’s just an adjustment to your new life and passes quite quickly.


2 You will absolutely LOVE never having to get up in the dark again.


3 The FREEDOM (that which William Wallace craved!) that you have to do exactly as you wish when you wish is priceless.


4 One disadvantage is time. As one gets older time seems to accelerate but after you retire it seems to go at warp speed and you have a hard time trying to keep a rein on it.



So I hope that when you retire (if you haven’t done so already) that it’s as wonderful as my experience was and is. I have been blessed in doing a job I loved with people I loved.



Ian.


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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Love it Ian - Brilliant first hub :)

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Well - thanks for all your help and encouragement!

      Ian.

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Your more than welcome Ian :)

      I am here if you need me :)

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      Michael J Rapp 5 years ago from United States

      Congratulations on your first Hub! (And also your retirement.)

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thankyou so much - being retired is the best! I shall have a look at your Hubs.

      Ian.

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      Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

      How nice for you!

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thankyou so much for your good wishes in your Fan Mail - this is rapidly becoming a place of friendliness!

      Ian.

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      Hello Ian. Met you on Callum's hub so thought I'd check you out. Congratulations! I've not long retired and this mirrors my experience almost exactly. I love being retired and yes, the time goes far too quickly but we can do what we want with it, can't we? Great first hub. Let's see some more! Voted up and interesting and funny

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thankyou, Ann - we did have fun on Callum's Hub, didn't we? Yeah - this retirement malarkey is the business! I'm so glad your experience was like mine. I think if we had to use one word to describe it, it would be - overwhelming - d'you agree?

      I've just written a brand new Hub if you're interested in chemistry!

      Ian.

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      Overwhelming in a way, yes. Just brilliant mostly! I like to follow who's in the uk as we seem to be a minority; chemistry's not my thing but I'll have a look, you never know.....!

      Ann

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Sorry - I meant the actual process of retiring - the last few days before leaving being overwhelming.

      And not getting up in the dark - but we'll keep that as our secret!

      Ian.

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Ann - I've read your chemistry answers and will tell you in 2 weeks! I will keep them hidden until then!

      Ian.

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      d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      nice first hub. You could have been talking about me there - but then again, i am sure that all of us now retired have experienced those same (or similar) things.

      My new favorite expression will now be: "just footering.." Now that is me exactly. L.O.L.

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thankyou Dave - footering is wonderful, isn't it?

      Ian.

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      d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Is it appropriate to say "just footering around'? Or is this one of those ambiguous words like "buggering" that is only understood by the English?

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Yes it is, Dee - or as we say 'joost footerin aboot'! 'Buggering' is another matter - in certain situations it is not used but my dear old Aunt Mabel is always going on about 'buggering around' - I think she may not know the full meaning of the word!! BTW - I don't know about the English!!!!!

      Young Cal is Scottish too really!

      Ian.

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Hi Dee x

      I think its ambiguous as we have many words like that here in the UK lol but trying to find a nice word for them is fun too lol :)

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      Steve 4 years ago from Brockport, NY

      Great first Hub Ian. Welcome to the club of retirees, who like to write.

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      alian346 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thank you, steveso - it's been over a year now and I love it more and more each day! How about you?

      Ian.

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      Steve 4 years ago from Brockport, NY

      I have been here in Malaysia now for 4 years and am still enjoying it.

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      alian346 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Excellent!

      Ian.

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