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”

May I continue to feel good

Am starting to feel good as May comes to an end.  I’ve got used to the lockdown restrictions just as they are coming to an end.  At the same time I’m looking forward to the resumption of normal life as we head into June. Despite the unprecedented challenges of the last few months I’ve maintainedContinue reading “May I continue to feel good”

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”

It was great to enjoy a nearly normal weekend

This last weekend had some of the hallmarks or normality returning and how much better it felt for it. After a week of DIY it started with a relaxing Friday evening for me and Mrs Jones culminating in an hour long hot tub session downing some half-decent homemade mojitos while we chatted as the sunnyContinue reading “It was great to enjoy a nearly normal weekend”

Not Fade Away, thriving in retirement

Am finding more time for reading during the lockdown and have started a book that really resonates with me right now.   It’s by Celia Dodd and called Not Fade Away, How to Thrive in Retirement.  The book’s introduction neatly encapsulates some of the challenges I’m facing as I transition into retirement.  “Retirement is a timeContinue reading “Not Fade Away, thriving in retirement”

April is the cruellest month …

… so wrote TS Eliot in my favourite poem, The Waste Land.  How prescient that poem seems right now, consider these lines: At the end of each month, as part of my retirement transition journey, I try to set myself a few challenges.  With the lockdown taking away not only life – but also theContinue reading “April is the cruellest month …”

All I’ve learned in 20 words

Looked at myself in the mirror last night and saw an old man. I was briefly reminded of the line from the Jack Nicholson film ‘About Schmidt’. He looks at his wife, who is the same age as him, and wonders:  ‘Who is this old woman who lives in my house?’.   I wondered who theContinue reading “All I’ve learned in 20 words”

This virus is killing people …. and joy

In early March when the effects of this virus really took hold I was still convinced we were going to get away at Easter. I knew our holiday to Spain would be cancelled but I thought we’d still be able to sneak off somewhere in our campervan, maybe book an Airbnb, do a bit ofContinue reading “This virus is killing people …. and joy”

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