Retirement: A new beginning...

As I write these words I am entering my last 6 months of paid employment, having worked many, many years ago as a professional musician and then trading careers to work as Registered Nurse in Intensive Care for the next 30 years. Like many people transitioning from the world of full time employment to the world of retirement I am feeling a special mix of apprehension and joy; apprehension that perhaps I have perhaps not planned well enough for retirement, joy that I am about to experience an amazing new beginning. I have decided to write up some of my experiences, plans and perhaps some disappointments on these pages so that not only can I put a structure to my own thoughts on this process but perhaps so that others may profit from my own documented experiences.

Exploring retirement...

I do not plan to present a recipe for retirement here, there are other sites that make this attempt. Instead I present a series of pages that show aspects of my own approach to retirement. The timeline will blur a little as some of these pages will be written pre-retirement while others are written after I have retired; all pages will be edited from time to time to improve readability and perhaps also to reflect my growing understanding of what it means to make a new beginning after retirement. And so, Gentle Reader, select from the pages below:

I have a few more plans for these pages but note, Gentle Reader, that I will always omit more personal details of my retirement from publication here. For example there will be no place in this section of my site for family or financial details, these will not appear at all. But this will not stop the appearance of eventually about a dozen pages of my own thoughts and experiences of retirement so I hope that perhaps this will be enough...