My reasons to be cheerful
1. My Mum was with us until she was 87 which, coincidentally, is the age my Dad is about to reach. Yes, he was her toyboy – all of 6 years 8 months younger! I was approaching 60 so, if longevity was in the family genes, I could hopefully look forward to at least 25 years of retired bliss.
2. Although I am very overweight, I am otherwise still in reasonable condition – one occasionally careful owner! I have had some health problems over the past few years but my brain kept telling me I would feel better once I didn’t have to get up at silly times and suffer the daily torture of a commute by public transport into Central London.
3. The freedom to determine my own lifestyle, to manage my own time as it suited me, should remove any stress from my life. Being divorced and living on my own means that this freedom is absolute, as no one depends on me from day to day.
4. I have two beautiful daughters who are doing well with their lives, plus a small circle of good friends.
5. In retirement terms I’m still young, so in theory I shouldn’t be about to cease to function.