Will my new committee role feel like work?

Through choice I spent yesterday evening at a committee meeting.

I spent much of my working life avoiding them and now that I’m retired I’ve started going to them when I don’t have to.  Judging by the others in the room it’s what retired people do.  In fact, aged 59, I was welcomed as new blood and elected unopposed, only because no one else wanted to do it, as vice-chairman.

About a year ago I joined a political party – for confidentiality reasons I feel that I shouldn’t say which one – though previous posts certainly hint at my leanings.

I was surprised how little communication I received from the local branch, I was half expecting to be bombarded with invitations to meetings, social events and other activities.

Partly through chance I eventually met a couple of fellow members and the opportunity, with a few older committee members standing down, for me to become vice chair was mooted.

Political experiences

I’ve been interested in politics for as long as I can remember.   My mum was very politically minded and was certainly a big influence on me.  I also grew up in the late seventies and experienced the three-day week, miners’ strike and saw how nationalised industries worked in reality.

I also did a bit of travelling during my university summer holidays and visited the then divided Berlin which included a day in the East.  The stark contrast between the freedom and vibrancy of the West compared with the East’s grim drabness has never left me.

Though I always had the inclination I’ve never had the time to get properly involved until now and here I am as vice-chairman, one step away from being the local branch big cheese.

I’m hoping it works out ok and gives me an interest, a purpose that fulfils.  Last night’s meeting was ok, held in a pub I was able to enjoy a cheeky mid-week pint and one or two of the people sounded like they’d be good to get to know.

There’s also a bit of clarity to my role on the committee, last thing I’d want is to be just part of a committee of people talking for the sake of talking and achieving next to nothing.  Those were the sort of committees I had to make presentations to in my working life.

It’s a big step though which will impact on my spare time and involve monthly meetings and no doubt few hours a week outside of them.

I want to do the job properly but I’m determined it doesn’t affect my other goals particularly travel.   If I can’t make meetings because I’m away then that’s tough, there’ll be no compromise there.

This committee role will be an interesting journey, one I have decidedly mixed feelings about, but one I’m happy to embark on and see where takes me.

Published by brianjonesdiary

Dad, husband, brother and son. Interested in travel, politics, sport, health and much more. Semi-retired and aiming to making the most of life as I approach my sixth decade.

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