My pension company appears to have a dynamic new CEO. He’s attached a mugshot and signature, says he is
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Thank you, Andrew! I’m equally delighted to hear from you.
It doesn’t offer much space to write my unique story, but the challenge is inspiring. Not the idea of regaining lost adolescence or cruising the Amazon as our neighbours did when they retired. Amazon? The river in South America, not that company which can deliver anything that goes in a box tomorrow, or immediately if it’s digitizable. Nor does the prospect of £100 to spend at Marks & Spencers motivate me.
In response, I’ve been jotting some ideas of how I envisage spending my remaining years, to be published in my next. It needs much thought. One the one hand, one might want to use one’s freedom doing something one’s always wanted to do. They call it the “bucket list”. It makes me think of being pushed round the Taj Mahal in a wheelchair before dying peacefully in your sleep. I prefer to delve deeper into what I know, to tackle inevitable decline head on. I shall try to refine and develop neglected skills, stay put with what I love and whom, with minimum gallivanting.
On the other hand, one is constrained by factors outside one’s control. It’s marvellous to be bolstered by a comfortable pension, but it can’t buy health. Not here, at any rate. We’re used to a health service untainted by payment, thus impartial in its treatment of patients, whether rich, poor or pursuing a dangerous lifestyle. Its doctors and nurses are dedicated and spurred on by the affection in which they are held by the public. During the pandemic, there has been an astonishing and near-universal outpouring of love and gratitude for what they’ve been doing. I cannot presume to compare with other countries, only say what I’ve observed directly.
As for the concise retirement story, I’ve yet to figure it out. If you click on the form to enlarge it, you’ll see that I’ve ticked the box to say I’m willing to be a “potential case study”. Another hurdle to be faced, should I decide to send some well-chosen words to the insurance co.
Watch this space.