Brian Jones Diary

I’m Brian – not Bridget! – Jones and this is my diary. It’s about what really matters in life – staying healthy, keeping your finances on track, setting goals and making the most of time. It’s about seeing the world, engaging with modern society, enjoying leisure and being with family and friends.

The search for meaning, part 4. What is my passion?

My now four-day quest for meaning is getting more purposeful.  As paid work recedes I am beginning to conclude I need to find myself something structured to do. The article I featured yesterday had a link to one of those personality tests where you answer a series of multiple choice questions that reveal the sortContinue reading “The search for meaning, part 4. What is my passion?”

The search for meaning, Part 3. Pleasure AND purpose

In my ongoing quest for meaning in retirement I found another great online article which really did resonate.  It’s by retirement planning coach Larry Jacobson and describes why fulfilment or meaning is ao important in retirement.  It’s certainly dawning on me that spending the rest of my life simply seeking pleasure will not be enough. Continue reading “The search for meaning, Part 3. Pleasure AND purpose”

The search for meaning, part 2. What nourishes my soul?

My bid to find meaning in retirement gets underway today and I’ve found an interesting article in Psychology Today, here’s an excerpt: “No matter how much you look forward to retirement, you may wake up the morning after your last day at work and feel sadness or anxiety. For decades, your days and weeks were structured. SometimesContinue reading “The search for meaning, part 2. What nourishes my soul?”

It’s time for me to find the meaning of meaning

I’ll be 60 in under a month. Thanks partly to coronavirus that big milestone I was so focused on will pass by with more of a whimper than a bang. No party, no holiday, not even a meal out. Maybe a small family gathering in the garden.  Nothing wrong with that, of course.  I shallContinue reading “It’s time for me to find the meaning of meaning”

How we spend our time during lockdown

The UK’s Office for National Statistics published a report a couple of days ago that make fascinating reading.  It’s got the snappy title ‘Coronavirus and how people spent their time under lockdown’‘ and covers the period March 28 to April 26 and makes fascinating reading. As I’ve hit retirement – time – and how IContinue reading “How we spend our time during lockdown”

I’ve gone back to Wordfeud during lockdown

Wordfeud is like an edgy version of Scrabble, the game play is identical in that you have seven scoring letter tiles and make words on a board. The difference is the game’s developers have altered the board to make it more exciting. These changes makes it more likely that you can combine a double andContinue reading “I’ve gone back to Wordfeud during lockdown”

What do you buy the 60 years-old man with everything?

My 60th birthday is just a month away and I’ve started to get that perennial – tri-annual to be exact – question, what presents do I want? There’s Father’s Day on June 21st, my birthday a week or so later and, of course, Christmas Day.   I was planning a big celebration party for my 60thContinue reading “What do you buy the 60 years-old man with everything?”


Some Useful Links

The Centre for Ageing Better – A UK-based Lottery-funded project which works to create change in policy and practice to improve housing, health, employment and communities.

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing – Useful research and an interesting blog

Later Life – A range of courses helping people prepare for retirement

British Heart Foundation – 20 retirement transition tips from Britain’s leading heart charity

Age UK – an interesting article about preparing emotionally for retirement

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