6 Months in…

Wow, that passed quickly!

hip, hip, hoorayFirst thing I have to say is, so far, retirement has been everything I had hoped it would be, although it has also felt a little surreal at times too. As far as my former job is concerned, whilst I have missed the social interaction with work colleagues, I have not missed any other part of it at all.

The mornings spent rushing to get out of the house only to sit in traffic are now spent walking with Borys to Bidston Hill and back, a return trip of just over 4 miles. The days spent staring out of the office window at the sunshine, knowing full well it would be dull by the weekend, are now spent with Barb, enjoying being able to do whatever we put our minds to.

The transition has been a little strange. The first thing we did was create a list of all the jobs that needed doing but hadn’t been done owing to time constraints. I initially planned to get up at the same time as I did when employed and get stuck into the ‘to do’ list, however, without the pressure to have things done by any particular time.. well things didn’t get done. Before long I also stopped getting up quite so early, and then even less early!

I did enjoy this more relaxed approach to life, especially during the wet and cold winter mornings, but, I really did need to find a balance between maintaining a healthy sense of well-being and still managing to be productive.

Immediately after the festive break Barb and I attended a Caravan and Motor home exhibition and this got both of us enthused again. Our camper van had been converted with a partial panel separating the driving cab from the living area. Barb had suggested we open this up a few times, but I had resisted owing to ‘time constraints’. Now we had no constraints, we had the enthusiasm, the mornings and evenings were lighter, so we got stuck in straight away to the big camper refit. Our desire to get it done, and get back on the road as quickly as possible,  providing the necessary driving force to push the project along.

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Looking forward to completion and more adventures on the road soon.

Hooray for retirement 🙂

I Retired Today

Finally my long awaited Retirement Day has arrived! 9 years and 4 months earlier than expected, but hey, I’m not complaining, in fact I’m over the moon about it.

I know for some this would probably be the worst thing that could happen to them, however, as I have always viewed retirement as the pinnacle of my career path, I’m more than pleased it’s arrived a fair bit earlier than expected.

It’s not that I’m lazy or work shy, I often did a lot more physical work on the weekends than I ever did during the ‘working week’, it’s just that there are so many other things I’d rather be doing than sitting at a desk all week, such as going off on adventures with my wife Barb, and our dog Borys, in our camper van.

That said, Barb, who retired a few years earlier, says I may be surprised how much I will miss being at work when the reality of being retired kicks in. I’ve also read a few articles by people who have struggled to come to terms with being retired and have become quite depressed. On the plus side, many articles suggest that having an active lifestyle with many interests is the way to have a positive retirement, and I certainly have a wide range of interests to keep me busy.

There is absolutely no doubt I will miss the team of people I worked with, but I’m hoping my ‘former colleagues’ will remain very close friends. They organised a fantastic send off for me, with a ‘Great Escape’ style tunnel committee meeting, superb cakes and snacks, a ‘Golden Ticket’ geocache to find in the university grounds and rounded  the day off with a few drinks together after work. So a very big cheers to the Systems Development Team of Liverpool Hope University and everyone else who came to wave me off during the day.

I’m planning on keeping this blog regularly updated with all the stuff Barb and I get up to, accompanied by Borys, Sully, Xena and Froggy,  as we begin this exciting new chapter in our lives. You’re all welcome to ‘virtually’ join us if you’re curious to see how it all pans out.

Well, time to start the adventure and see where it leads us all 🙂

The Great Escape