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Helen BS: Oh happy day! Retirement (41) BS: Oh happy day! Retirement 03 Apr 19

Hi all,

Today is the first day of the rest of my non-working life. No more working, no more managers driving me nuts, no more colleagues yakkity-yakking all day about fluff, but also no more good, kind friendly colleagues making the day go faster.

All the things I have to do around the house that I have been putting off, the garden which has become an out-of-control jungle, the stuff in the house and the garage that I have to sort through and get rid of, but also getting back into my artwork/painting, spending time actually practising the harp instead of just trying to wing it, spending more time playing music with my friends - so many things await me and work was just getting in the way of my life.

But for the next week I am having a rest, doing nothing or doing whatever I please.

Poor hubby! I sent him off to work this morning and I was dancing around, making jokes about him going and me staying at home.

I'm sure the euphoria will wear off soon, but when I was at school, if people asked me what I wanted to do when I left school my answer would be "nothing" because I like not having those commitments getting in the way of all the other things I love doing.

Just before I left yesterday I sent off an email to the whole unit recommending some antidotes to that affliction and/or blessing called work: Dilbert books and cartoons, Aunty Acid cartoons, the book by Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull called The Peter Principle, and a tiny selection of music choices reflecting my eclectic musical tastes.

The majority of people won't respond but some of them will.

A relevant quote from Aunty Acid is: "I'm going to retire and live off my savings. What I'll do the second week, I have no idea."

But life is an adventure so we'll see how it all goes. If it comes down to the wire, I'll just tell hubby he has to keep working forever. :-D


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