Do You Still Want to Work? by Bill Storie
I’m asked that question often now in my so-called retirement years.
The fact is that this Olderhood gig is a full-time job and commands attention around the clock and around the world. But I don’t classify this as a job. It is a vocation (I think that’s the word – I always got that mixed up with vacation).
So, leaving that to the side for a minute, would I like to be working again?
Not really. Although I have been doing a wee bit of new workshops with my former bank – the one I joined after I had stopped my consulting company. It’s a great place and really enjoy the people. I was in there today and bumped into six former colleagues. It gave me a warm feeling to be back behind the scenes, as opposed to be just in the banking hall.
So, I guess the camaraderie stuff is nice. But the desire to be part of the commuter grind and office politics and frustration stuff doesn’t appeal to me anymore. I’m fortunate that I don’t need the money, so that helps. I just can’t see how I could enjoy the working lifestyle again.
I could go on but that’s enough to convey the idea that this retirement gig is pretty good. I always wondered what I would do in retirement – which stimulated the idea for Olderhood. I must admit I never thought for a minute that I’d be blogging, Facebooking, book-writing, radio showing, video producing, public speaking, presenting workshops, etc. Although I have to say that the work we do in Olderhood seems to help lots of people in lots of places around the world and for that I am deeply humbled.
I am regularly asked if Olderhood is fun.
I always reply that it is satisfying.
So, I guess the answer to the original question,
“Do you still want to work?” is,
“Yup, that’s what I seem to be doing after all”.
By Bill Sorie