INTRODUCTION


There seems to be a scarcity of UK retirement blogs out there (other than those proffering financial advice) and in the absence of my being able to read about other people's experiences, I instead offer you my own "Great Big Retirement Adventure."

My husband (Mister E) and I have moved from the initial concept through the planning stages to implementation and this site is intended to record the whole process. What I am seeking from retirement is now very different to what I thought I was planning and has gradually developed into a quest for fitness and a desire for simplification, with a transition away from both a highly organised lifestyle and the personality traits reflecting a pedantic professional career. Indeed I recently described myself as "a goofy idiot" who enjoys smiling at sunflowers; a far cry from the pre-retirement professional and an indication of just how far I have travelled.

Please visit from time to time and do add your comments. The blog is in reverse chronological order but popular posts and those highlighting our journey are specifically pinpointed below on the right hand side together with a list of topics covered. Alternatively you may prefer to look at the summary or wisdom we have acquired or even our have done list with its retirement atlas and dip in and out of the blog using the links given.




Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Hot Air



I do feel that my blog entries of late have given themselves over to an indulgent opportunity for a little ranting. The strange thing is that retirement is like a second adolescence in so many ways: I can go to bed late and get up late; I can do what I want to do, rather than be at the bidding of others, and live in a totally selfish bubble if I so choose; my responsibilities are negligible; I can eat at odd hours; there is no reason for commitment to any engagement unless of my choosing; I can make spur of the moment decisions on how to spend my time, be it by curling up to spend a day reading a book or by taking advantage of the sun in the sky to go for a walk; I can spend hours thinking about the meaning of life, talking with friends or even just looking at my phone, should I so want.

Recently however I have also discovered that it is a time for reclaiming the passion of youth; the fight for right and beliefs. I hear many elderly people moaning about election coverage, avoiding the news programmes and generally showing little or no interest in the issues of the day. Perhaps that's what happens in the next stage, but early retirement certainly remains a time for rebirth, political thought and plenty of hot air.

Mind not all hot air is good. Certainly not if it relates to climate change. All of which could lead me to a specific rant against the developments of the day, when it is being reported that the so called leader of the free West has apparently decided to call time on his country's commitment to the Paris Climate Accord. A report that follows on from the revelation that the Prime Minister of the UK is being dubbed Trump's mole after leaked documents show that the UK wanted to change EU targets on "renewables" and energy efficiency, so that they would essentially be voluntary rather than mandatory.

However even in my neo-revolutionary latter years, I need time to sit back with a G&T, enjoy the evening sun and look forward to a luxurious soak in a warm bubble bath. At least with retirement comes  a better understanding, as well as application, of one's priorities.

Cheers!



8 comments:

  1. G&T is my drink of choice as well. And once again our political feelings align. But I am so so angry right now. How can one stupid, arrogant and almost certainly law-breaking individual put the whole world at risk. This is the worst of all the bad things he has threatened to do. Will we really join Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries to defy science? Grrh. Sorry. Enjoy your drink and the bubbles.

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    1. I think I'd better pour you one too (and quickly)!

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  2. Thursday's decision by one man to turn back the clock on climate progress was my lowest since the election. I simply don't know what to say, other than that I am a white wine kinda gal!

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    1. Corkscrew at hand - you get a drink too!

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  3. Caree, I am thinking of you now after London.

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    1. Thanks for that comment. This is a new kind of global terrorism and when we all know someone in London it has to make you anxious. On the other hand, so much bravery and compassion.

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  4. Try living next door to the blowhard! Our PM, Justin Trudeau, is having quite the time dancing around the issues - declaring that Canada needs to be more self-reliant without provoking that so-called leader into firing a few missiles our way. What warms my heart is hearing about the companies and agencies in the US who plan to carry on with their climate change initiatives.
    Since retiring I've joined the local chapter of the Council of Canadians - we engage in protest walks and many other forms of activism. It does feel a bit like being a teenager again. The passion is still there and now I have the time to act on it.

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    1. Well I'm not planning on moving anytime soon. It's just a shame you never get to choose your neighbours.

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