I sat down beside a colleague in reception the other day. He was waiting for someone and I stopped to chat to him before nipping out to get a sandwich.
Him: I’ve only just heard your news.
Me: About my year out of the workforce?
Him: Yes, good for you but why now?
Me [I have to get some kind of pat answer for this]: Well, no one reason in particular, lots of different reasons. [I start to list them]. And finally, I was going to retire at 60 [depressing that I should now have reached the stage of mentioning retirement but so it is] and I thought I could take this year now or later and I thought, I’d rather put in the year at 61 than now.
Him [getting the wrong end of the stick]: Are you really 60?
I have no words lads.
That genuinely made me laugh out loud
Ok Iâ€™m just going to say. That conversation sounded like you were telling him you were 60, or about to be. He expressed surprise!
I would also not be happy though.
You should invent an answer for this kind of situation : you are going on a spiritual retreat in Nepal, volunteering in Afghanistan, or biking round the world…
Conor Galvin says
So… are you really not 60?
(Runs away …)
Heather, I did not laugh. Nic, that is no excuse. Viviane, that is excellent advice although possibly too late. Conor, run faster.
Just say you needed a change and didnâ€™t want to go the whole Great Resignation route.
Youâ€™ve made me think though, do it while you can enjoy it, who knows what 61 will bring.
Seize the day before you seize up?
Hope you won’t be taking a Gap/Rest _Reinvent_Renew Year off from us too! Your dependent readers!! Although we would want to understand if you did. Also..could it be a compliment? ie no way you look 60?
I plan to keep blogging – always surprised and rather pleased that people keep reading!