is an odd thing. I've had two of them. Voluntary retirement
when I was 28 (laid off from Thorn-EMI and did far better than good on a house sale), and I got bored stiff within a year, went to work (for free) for 6 months helping a local startup get going (loved it), then got pulled into all sorts of other things (loved them too).
This retirement is the compulsory one, and I'm not particularly happy about it.
Usually, after about a year or so, retired people wonder how on earth they managed to have the time to have been able to go to work, their life is so full of things to do.
The first girl I nearly married, had an outstanding father. He'd started off as a Coal Mine Engineer
. Then he went into teaching. Started teaching Maths, then Physics, then ended up as a Woodwork and Metalwork teacher, because he liked skills and helping people become proficient in things. He had an amazing engineering shop in his garage, the only thing he lacked was a forge, so we both set to and built one. He grew all his own tobacco as well. When I wanted a load of furniture for the house his daughter and I were planning to buy, I enrolled in a nightclass with him (had a big discount on timber that way), and we built everything that was needed. Did the upholstery and the fabric
Garth often said that he had come to the conclusion that there were no limits to the skills that a person could learn. I have held that close to my heart ever since, and have come to believe that he was right.
I think the first thing you need to acquire, is patience. Apart from providing contentment, patience allows you to get to the bottom of things, sort problems out, and not give up in despair. Though I must admit it is sometimes tremendous fun running round in circles with your hair on fire.
Perhaps the quickest way to achieve patience, is via fishing
. Concentrating on fishing
teaches you to switch off the silly impatient voice in your head
Get that sorted, and then see what you would really like to get in the swing of first.
My boat is going to need new foam (special stuff for pressure points for the bunk, and see how the rest are inside the covers), new covers, repair or replacement of the dodger
covers (if the frames aren't 1" stainless I'll get them sorted - I did qualify as a welder on one of the many night classes
I did years ago, but I'll get a pro to weld the stainless), and I want to try my hand at sail making, so a heavy duty zigzag sewing machine
is on the list.
Once I can get back in the water
and start swimming again, snorkelling is going to be way up there on my list of priorities too.
Then we'll see what shows up (something always shows up with someone needing a hand, I've found).