Join me on my journey into an ‘occupied’ retirement…
I’ve just retired from my full-time job as a senior lecturer in occupational therapy and I’m now describing myself as ‘working freelance’. Basically I’ll do anything for a few quid. This is a huge change after a 38-year full-time career in the public sector. From time to time I’m going to blog about this transition in my life and here’s the first instalment.
The days are stretching out ahead of me full of endless possibilities. It feels like the person I forged over the years has become soft, like putty, and I’m now reforming myself into something new. Not knowing what is slightly scary. I need to find a different rhythm and routine, but I’m not there yet. It just feels like I’m on holiday. Even so, giving myself permission to do nothing is hard. My lifelong need to be productive and do ‘work’ is very compelling.
My retirement goals are simple:
- Read more
- Write more
- Take more photographs
I am reading more and it is an absolute pleasure. I also write in my journal every day, it tends to be mundane rubbish, but I am writing. The blockbuster novel or autobiography might be there bubbling away. I have lots of photographs of the Norfolk countryside from a variety of angles! Possibly ‘travel more’ needs to be a further goal.
There are simple pleasures which I appreciate having the time for. Sitting down and having a quiet cup of tea for example; without being distracted by the television or scrolling through my phone. Doing nothing but savouring the Earl Grey in silence. My reading about mindfulness is teaching me that doing nothing is ‘a good thing’. The slower pace and peace is delightful, but I’m also hoping that some new opportunities will be coming my way.
Watch this space!