I haven’t accepted the word retirement and I don’t think it’s accurate. But everyone who wants to know how I’m doing asks me how retirement is going! My fondness for food and shelter means I need to work. But it’s kind of like branding; a brand doesn’t get to decide how it’s seen by others. It’s defined by the way it’s perceived.
CJBK listeners who phoned, emailed and sent me nice cards, believe that I’ve retired. Bell Media’s benefits company, Morneau Shepell, offered me an insurance/medical plan designed “for retirees”.
But I swear I’m not retired! I’ve moved from hired hand to entrepreneur and I’m definitely open for business. As my Linked In profile says, “will work for Twizzlers and strong coffee”. When someone has said “retired” I’ve come back with “rewired” but that’s usually greeted with rolling eyes. I’ve drastically altered my lifestyle and dog-paddled upstream to make significant changes including our recent big move. But it’s not retirement! I just don’t know exactly what it is.
I like Erin Davis’s term: reWIREment.