Updated: Nov 29, 2018
January 1st means nothing to me. My new year begins on the day I was born. I think it subconsciously gives me more time to actually execute new year resolutions. You know, hopefully that 12kg I want to lose will magically fall off by March.But this year marked a milestone birthday for me. Forty-seven is not a conventional milestone birthday, but for me my whole life changed when I retired over a month ago. So I celebrate this birthday as a retiree. Where most years I treat myself to lavish birthday gifts, this year I let myself retire. I think retirement was the best gift I ever gave myself. It's not that I don't wanna work, I just don't wanna work in a place where I'm not happy.
"I think retirement was the best gift I ever gave myself."
For years I've really lived the "time is money" adage. In retirement I will lose the comfortable salary I was accustomed to, but the time I'm gaining is so much more valuable. The time to reconnect with family, friends and my personal passions are enriching my life more than money could.
So now that I have the gift of time, the list of things I want to do and accomplish gets longer every day. Taking better care of myself is at the top of my list. I know that 12kg that hangs around will soon lose itself. But first . . . let us eat cake!