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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.

Posted on: April 21, 2009
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Comments

Callum at 2009-04-22 10:17:31

Alex, you're a genius, registering the domains now. :-)

Callum at 2009-04-22 11:47:57

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...

Vera at 2009-04-22 01:09:03

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!

mc at 2009-04-26 13:05:26

Oh, good. I thought you were retiring from blogging!

nomad-one at 2009-04-22 00:02:36

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!

James Farmer at 2009-04-22 00:05:35

Congrats! Sounds exciting and am looking forward to reading how stuff goes.

Alex at 2009-04-22 05:51:08

For once, admirable indeed :)

Alex at 2009-04-22 05:52:55

Oh, and how about 720minutes.com ?

Callum at 2009-04-22 11:52:09

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.