The Highway Code for Retirement
THIS small book, although of no size, is full of its selected
material. Retirement is its theme. The subject is well developed,
with a tone that is always encouraging and straightforward. There
is emphasis on planning for retirement, growing old gracefully,
preparing emotionally and spiritually - all subjects that are well
Retirement is described as a major life change. New routines and
new relationships are said to be required. "What is life for?" is a
question that is posed as part of the retirement process. A sense
of purpose in our later years is given as a necessity.
"Should one move home?" Such resolutions are here set out in
detail; no hasty decisions are advised. Supplementing retirement
income is something that will need to be dealt with as part of the
retirement process. This will include supplementing a pension.
"Watch your health" is a prescribed adjunct in this book. To take
up a sport, and walk more, are among the suggestions provided.
Retirement is here maintained as something to look forward to,
a chosen lifestyle that should be right for us as an individual.
The loss of daily routine can be badly missed - also, the company
of work colleagues. To avoid becoming depressed, it helps to
discuss plans with a friend or counsellor. That you should keep
your brain working is another suggestion in this book.
A Christian attitude is taken up here. Religious questions
include the matter of the existence of God, and whether there is
life after death. "Pray about God's work for you," is asked, "as
you face the future." To attempt to discover who we really are, the
limits of our own existence, is considered important. The years of
retirement are here reckoned to be a testing ground for ideas for
discussion. At the end of our own journey, it is considered
rewarding to know that the lives that we have touched have made us
better for the experience.
Finally, there is a commandment, when retirement comes, not to
have any regrets for the past. Do something new, this useful
volume says; learn to live with yourself in a life that could be
described as a garden of spiritual discovery.
Margaret Pawley served with the Special Operations
Executive during the Second World War.