- Aging & Longevity
The Process of Retirement
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.
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.
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.
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.