Retirement - Boon or Bane!

By Anonymous

6th July 2020

It was Friday, they had asked me to drop into the Boardroom at 4.30 p.m. and so I cleared my desk and put everything into boxes and waited, watching the clock.

4:29... let me take the elevator and go up to the 8th floor where the large conference room was.

I walked towards the big bevelled glass doors, remembering that it was two months ago when I was there last as they introduced the new CEO of our operations. In my 20 years with the company, I must have been here less than a dozen times.

I walked towards the big bevelled glass doors, remembering that it was two months ago when I was there last as they introduced the new CEO of our operations. In my 20 years with the company, I must have been here less than a dozen times.

With a deep breath, I opened the doors and looked in. Bill, Chief of HR was right there, and he welcomed me and brought me in. The team was all there, the new CEO was there, several HOD's were standing on one side and the table had snacks and juice and a small wrapped box

Speeches were given, hands shaken and soon after partaking: the golden words. Thank you for your service Gordon and I opened the gift box to find a gold strap watch with my name engraved on the back. It was final, I was retired, this was what I had heard about - 'The Golden Handshake'.

45 years of my career over, 20 good years here and equally good years in my previous roles elsewhere. Memories raced through my mind as I drove home that day. I was finally retired.

The family was over for the weekend; we barbecued, drank beer, swam in the pool and talked of stories of the years gone by. My wife of 48 years, Barbara, was as beautiful as ever. My three kids and two grandkids had grown up in this town. We had Yoda, once a pup but now a grandmaster lounging about. Music played, some of the kids were dancing and the weather was just beautiful. Aah! I thought such is life; I am going to relax and enjoy my days of retirement.

The merriment lasted but soon Monday came around, slowly but surely and steadily. I woke up at 6:30 as usual and went about my morning chores and got into my formal clothes and was walking down the stairs when Barbara yelled, where are you off to Gordon? It then hit me: I was following the daily routine and going into the office. Oh! It hit me: I am retired. I didn't have to go to work anymore, so I came back and got into my track wear and decided to go out for a jog while the sun was yet not so hot!

Days went by… relaxing by the pool, swimming a few laps, doing some gardening, cooking, watching Netflix and waiting for Barbara to get back from the University where she taught. We took some weekends to go and see the kids and to go fishing at the cottage. I caught up with my golf buddies and stayed fit on the course and wet a lip at the local pub. Life was good; my 66th birthday came around and I began planning a trip to Spain.

Two years went by, my health was great, and Barbara was ever so busy as they had extended her term at the University. The kids were preoccupied raising their kids and days began to slowly drag. Each day would come and seem like an eternity. My diet changed, no longer those exotic meals, happy with just soup and bread. Waiting for Barbara to come home seemed like an eternity, a big void with nothing interesting to do. I had my fill of gardening, reading, watching movies, calling friends and family and cooking exotic dishes. Everything seemed so passé now. I often thought to myself - the retirement honeymoon is over and now I get it - we were put out to pasture!

Then one day, while browsing the internet, something caught my attention: the words 'Don't Retire from Life'.

My interest piqued and I went onto this website called Knackstor Global. I was amazed… How did they read my mind? How could they know what I was going through? And I realized what I was missing - Being valued and being empowered.

Registration was simple. My years as a bookkeeper was logged in and soon the calls began to come in. In the beginning, my plate overflowed but soon I had it down to a routine. Since the pandemic, so many people decided to open their own businesses working from home and they really did not need a full-time bookkeeper. I finally settled on supporting Allena, Kaushik and Monica for two hours every week and that suited my schedule. The money was nice, the opportunity was welcome but most of all - I was now UNRETIRED & HAPPY!

Thank you Knackstor for coming into my life and making me a new man.