This may raise a smile! James Woodward thinking about retirement…. well in a theoretical sense you understand! I have to speak at a leveson Centre conference about my aspirations relating to retirement and write to ask for any advice via this page.
I remember one observation about people who read autobiography. Those who read you are not saying ‘Tell me about you’ – rather they are saying ‘Tell me about me using you as a mirror!’
What does retirement look like from this angle? A person in their 40s with at least 25 useful working life left in them? Here are some random thoughts ;
- Most of our life is an extraordinary combination of accidents and idiosyncracies
- How do we decide what is important – our vocations, philosophies, passages and passions?
- Does life control us or do we control life?
- How much choice might I have over this second stage of my life?
- What hope is there for being less busy?
- How do we cope with whatever comes?
- Transitions are important!
- Good health is grace as well as a matter of works!
- We all need to take longer walks!
- How do we view our end? Our death? How are we to prepare for it?
- Few things tell less about a person’s being and outlook than her or his age!
- What is our vocation beyond the work role?
- How can we recover dailiness and ordinariness in our lives?
- Where might new friendships be made?
- What is our community – the place or places where we belong?
- What do we live for beyond the self – what about our sense of injustice?
If you would like to come to the conference have a look at our web page;
or help me to refine my thinking :
What does retirement mean to you?????