It’s official

After a fair amount of procrastination I’ve bowed to the obvious and inevitable. After totting up all my pensions left lying about in various funds in the City of London I should be financially sort of OK. We’ll at least be able to cover the essentials anyway.

So the paperwork is slowly getting completed and I’ll be officially a pensioner from October.

I don’t know how I feel about it… One part is real happy I’ll not have to face commuting to London again or having to do all the associated “stuff” with a job.

However a friend shared at a meeting the other day, he’s also recently retired, that he now feels a bit of a nobody. I get that for years I’ve been a blah blah or a such and such. These labels have some currency to them. They pin me in society as successful and valuable. I recently called to book a physiotherapy appointment (I’ve a pinched nerve in my back) the receptionist ask for employment. I stuttered over saying “unemployed”. It’s a private practice did I think she thought I’d not be able to pay the £50 for a session? Did suddenly she picture me as a washed up waste of space. I almost went to say “I used to….”. Why?

Something to mull on and work on. Stupid really I’m exactly the same person, OK considerably less disposable income but still me.

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Music and guitar obsessive who is a recovering alcoholic to boot
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8 Responses to It’s official

  1. Hi Graham!
    I had a sense of loss when I retired. It was strange for awhile. Nothing to talk about.
    When I started volunteering, I felt much better.
    Keith, my husband, loves being retired.
    You have your guitar making!
    I didn’t have any other interests except teaching, as I gave my career every part of me.

    How is your vertigo?
    xo
    Wendy

  2. Ainsobriety says:

    It’s amazing how strong these labels are. I took a year off work to be a stay at home mom one year and I never got used to that. I missed my chemical engineer label. And I did return to work.

    But they are only words. I hope you can enjoy the fruits of your labour.

    Anne

  3. Oh my, does that hit home. I chose a profession (taxes) that allows for very limited work for the other part of the year (not taxes). I am amazed at the put downs I get. I think it’s awesome but people think I’m lazy!! If I have all this “free time” I should do more work. I know you didn’t get to choose your “free time” but it does get tiring explaining yourself! You could always bake cookies every week & then put down “BAKER” as you employment. Lol

  4. I obsess about retirement. I work for The Man so it’s particularly attractive to me. I figure I will probably continue to work part time after I am done with this career and I want it to be something fun like real estate or Home Depot or maybe tarot card reading. If anyone asks what you’re doing in the meantime you are “between gigs”.

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