So many things crossed my mind. I will be stepping into an unknown territory where working 8 days a week is no longer the norm; a world without BlackBerry and outside office hours teleconferences and telepresence meetings!
Will there be life after work? After so many years of Learning, Earning, will I be able to Return something to the society?
For the first time in my life I will have full control of the time. Will I be able to use my time wisely? For a good cause?
What are the priorities? What type of life style do I wish to adopt?
This is only the beginning of another phase; a new lease of life which I will only fully understand when I immerse into it.
A decision on retirement is not something to be taken lightly. One needs to have a reflection on one’s life and on the Joys and Sorrows of Work ( re Alain de Botton’s book) before making this decision.
Friends have been wishing me a long and happy retirement. I am grateful for that. I surmize that the expected value of retirement is the product of the probability of surviving and the happiness you derive during your retirement years. To wish somebody a long and happy retirement now makes a lot of sense to me.
Must get back to sleep now and prepare to enjoy all the days after tomorrow.