Posted on November 28, 2005 by Greg West
“There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold”
Nice ring to that eh? Catchy? You bet, but how many people actually realize this situation wherein a person can quit their day job and move on to something that is of an interest in their lives and not something that simply brings home the bread?
Today, I am fortuante to be in that position, one that may take me to a brand new career – something maybe adventurous – a “Brave New World” maybe?
Yes, after all these years of “moiling for gold” in the workplace, I have decided to hang up my hat and to “stop and smell the roses”.
In today’s world, people who have been working and paying into a company pension for the past 30 to 35 years now have two doors of opportunity facing them. Door number one is taking the company pension plan and settling into a life of retirement – a sometimes comfortable option. Door number two is similar, however this involves the individual to take out their “commuted value” monies from the pension plan and managing it without the company’s hands in on the pie. In fact, with a company plan, if both you and your spouse die, so does that money…well not really, the money goes back into the company’s pension pockets. Door number two allows for your hard earned bucks to be given to your estate plans, thus the money is kept with your family and not with the corporate pension fund.
In my fifties now, I have decided to move along with my life, discarding a life-long career and exchanging it for something anew…Some wise advice states that while making this new move you should avoid the “I wish I had or had not…” statements we sometimes catch ourselves making. This is a time to move on and determine what it is that you wish to do with your brand new life.
I must admit, at this stage of the game it is not about money any more – those days have hard passed me by, thank God. Today, is the first day of the rest of my life, or so it is said. Where this new venture takes me, I am looking for things that are fun, exciting, interesting and of course somewhat of a challenge to learn new things, and of course to “stop and smell the roses”, carp diem!
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