When I was a young student nurse in the early 70’s I noticed that men retired around 65 and died at approx. 72 – at least that was my observation. Women seemed to retire from employment outside the home and then made housework a full time occupation. I never heard of any ‘Lady lunching’.
Talking to elderly patients gave me the impression that retirement was literally a time period of ‘waiting for God’.
As death following a short period of retirement seemed inevitable many just whiled away the days gardening, assisting at local community events and visiting grandchildren.
As a consequence retirement did not appear attractive to me and over the years I often contemplated why this period of time was not seen as an opportunity to undertake ‘adventures’ not possible whilst working and childrearing.
I appreciate many activities that we, today, look on as normal – such as budget air travel – were not available in the mid 1900’s. Alongside of which we are generally in better health and wealth, yet many still view retirement with a sense of horror.
As my own (postponed constantly) retirement loomed unavoidably closer I too wondered what I would do with my time. How does one go from working long hours, travelling long distances with a high level of responsibility – to a blank canvas?
What is out there – in the real world?
So I started looking and planning and as I became more informed I thought it may be useful to share what I found – and hopefully encourage others to share what they found. And so here we go……
Married with 3 children and living in the North East of England.
My interests could be described as ‘domestic’ as I enjoy working with fabric, knitting, reading and walking both countryside and coastlines. Although I personally have no interest in food – I could quite happily live on baked beans – I am surrounded by folk with appetites so over the years have developed my culinary skills and find ‘messing around in the kitchen’ both relaxing and de-stressing.
Recently retired from the NHS I have in the past been a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, worked in Nurse Education and latterly in the research arm of the NHS (NIHR Clinical Research Network). Along the way I also managed to obtain a BA (Hons) in History of Art and a Master of Business Administration (MBA)
I like a challenge and I am hopeless at being bored – in fact boredom exhausts me!