My final blog, my ten take-aways from 2020

366 days of blogging and here it is, my final post.  The end of the year in a life of a 60 years-old man transitioning into retirement.   And what a year it’s been and how different to the one I planned.  Our last day of 2020 was spent enjoying the simple pleasures that Covid hasContinue reading “My final blog, my ten take-aways from 2020”

2021 Resolutions Part 2

Despite the grim news of more lockdowns – my town is now in ‘Stay at Home’ Tier 4 – I’m going to plough on with my new year resolutions assuming that eventually the world returns to normal. Yesterday, I looked at the key areas of health and purpose, today I’m focusing on everything else. SocialContinue reading “2021 Resolutions Part 2”

My 2021 resolutions – health and purpose

This is the penultimate blog in this year in the life of me – a man transitioning into retirement. For the final two blogs I’m looking forward to next year, hopefully a better year, making a few resolutions.  Today I’m thinking about health and purpose. Health At my time of life, perhaps at all timesContinue reading “My 2021 resolutions – health and purpose”

1000k in 2020. I did it!

Today I achieved my goal of running 1,000 kms – that’s 621 miles in old money – in a year.  More than from Land’s End to John O’Groats or indeed the other way which, at least, is downhill!  I completed the last 5k this morning just as the snow began to fall.  Mrs Jones actedContinue reading “1000k in 2020. I did it!”

Glad Christmas is just one day!

I wish it could be Christmas everyday, sang Wizzard’s Roy Wood. Was there ever a song title so misguided.   Truth is I’m glad that Christmas comes but once a year.  After a little more socially distant socialising on Boxing Day, today is all about getting back to normal.  I’ve enjoyed the socialising, presents and overindulgenceContinue reading “Glad Christmas is just one day!”

2020 wasn’t so bad after all!

Putting personal issues – such as health and family – to one side, in many ways I view 2020 has been the worst year of my life.   The impact of Covid and the restrictions that followed have had a significant effect on my well-being leaving me feeling more anxious and suffering from poor sleep,Continue reading “2020 wasn’t so bad after all!”

The University of the Third Age

I thought I’d stop by u3a again – the University of the Third Age.  I’ve been aware of them for years and tried to join a few months ago. It’s only £7.50 so what have I got to lose I told myself.  I navigated my way round the somewhat antiquated website only to discover thatContinue reading “The University of the Third Age”

Still on target with my 2020 running challenge

Today I ran my 931st kilometre of 2020.  On January 1st I set myself the challenge of running 1,000k in a year and I’m still on target. That works out at just under 20k a week – usually comprising four 5ks – which feels to me like quite an achievement.  I started the year imaginingContinue reading “Still on target with my 2020 running challenge”

Five emotional stages of retirement transition

Well there goes another month.  When I started writing this blog I’d worked out that each month amounted to a third of a percent of my remaining likely lifespan. I thought it was important to make the most of every one.  Now after this godawful year of Covid I’m just glad to see off NovemberContinue reading “Five emotional stages of retirement transition”

Mental Health in Later Life, part 4

Here’s the final – and my favourite part – of the series of blogs about mental health in later life.  This one is all about enjoying yourself. In life we can become so fixated on doing the right thing, keeping fit, losing weight, working hard, helping others that we forget how to have fun.  ItContinue reading “Mental Health in Later Life, part 4”

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