When I was 30, I talked about retiring at 50.
Because other people spoke about it and it felt like a club I should be part of. A badge of honour.
Now I am 50, retiring is the last thing I want to do. What the hell would I do every day?
Probably drink too much, spend too much money and get into trouble.
I have to be productive.
I cannot tell you how much of an unfathomable and unattractive concept retirement is now that I am actually 50.
Stick or Twist
All of that said, as I get older, big decisions are starting to feel even bigger. Because I am more aware that I am going to die. Probably between 1 and 30 years from now.
Lots of decisions feel like ‘Stick or Twist’.
And it’s quite unnerving.
When I was 45 I simplified my life by closing my businesses. I had money in the bank. Enough for me to do not very much for a few years if I wanted to. I chose ‘Stick’ for a moment in time.
I decided to ‘Twist’ two years later. I started a new business in a new world. And invested a chunk of money.
And at 50, it’s going well.
Stick or Twist Again.
As time goes by I am faced with yet more ‘Stick or Twist’ decisions.
I shouldn’t be surprised.
That’s what happens when you run businesses and I’ve ran a few.
Risks, or ‘Twists’, are part of the game.
However all of that said, I am finding that ‘Stick’ is a risk too, as well as Twist.
I’ve never known a ‘me’ that does nothing at all. I am always up to something.
I have almost always chosen ‘Twist’. So if I were to ‘Stick’ that’s just too scary for me. I don’t really understand ‘Stick’.
So, and I have very selfishly written this story for me of course, I now feel a little bit better about choosing ‘Twist’ all those years.