Announcing my retirement

I am going to retire on 1 July 2009. In a little over 2 months, less than 2 months after my 27th birthday, I will retire.

retire v.intr.

  1. To withdraw, as for rest or seclusion.
  2. To go to bed.
  3. To withdraw from one’s occupation, business, or office; stop working.
  4. To fall back or retreat, as from battle.
  5. To move back or away; recede.

I’m calling it retirement symbolically. I’m putting an end to the work that has been my livelihood for my adult life thus far. The time has come for a change. Time to do something new, in a new way. Time for a new chapter.

Why? My work is just that, work. I exchange time for money. It’s productive, it affords me a lifestyle I enjoy, but it’s just work. I feel that it’s time to change the way I work firstly, and secondly the type of work I do. In order to make that change, I’m choosing to give up my existing work completely. I want to have a clean break, to be free to engage in my new chapter as I choose.

What will I do? I’m not completely sure yet. I’ll start by writing. I will carve out a space in which I will serve my readers. If my service is useful, the financial matters will take care of themselves. That will be my aim, to serve for 12 hours a week. If I can do it well, I’ll be able to sustain myself financially. I’m confident I can offer something of value to readers.

I believe that what a person holds to be possible, what they think they can do, governs what life offers them. I believe I can generate value to society contributing 12 hours per week. I will leave my “profession” behind and take up this challenge.

This photo appeared 1st and 9th searching for the terms “new” and “freedom” with the “most interesting” option set.

9 thoughts on “Announcing my retirement”

  1. Wow Callum, you are a braver man than most of us, though if anyone can pull off something like this it’s u seeing u’ve already been living a non-traditional working lifestyle for some time now.

    Will you continue to travel or settle somewhere? What areas of writing will you focus on? Would you be interested in working on a project or 2 which could create some passive income?

    Whatever you do we’ll be watching and hopefully learning loads from your experience. Let us know when ur back in South Africa again!

  2. I think it’s a bit rash. 20 hours a week is hardly slaving over a hot computer, yet it pays the bills and some, and you already learned not too long ago the freedom from having a positive bank balance. I think you could easily merge two activities over a ‘normal’ working week, then slide them to one side or the other depending on demand. You also learned something about being spontaneous – it’s not necessarily the best option. Re-think!

    1. Mum (Vera), thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. I hold a different view. I think that I can move forward into a new space much more easily by giving up my dependence on old ways of working. Right now I’m dependent on my work to provide financial income. While that dependency exists, I don’t think I will be able to move forward and focus fully on new things. So, I’m going to give up that dependence, at least for a time. We’ll see how it goes.

  3. Nur (nomad-one), thanks for your support. You’re a great encourager. 🙂

    I’m not sure what kind of projects I’ll be doing. I think to start with at least, I’ll be taking it quite easy. Focus on my writing, see what develops…

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