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Working after Retirement: A life on the ocean waves (part 1)

David wondered what he would do to keep active in retirementAfter over 40 years of lecturing at a university, I was worried about retired life. I found myself thinking about the endless possibilities, but I didn’t know where to start.
Working after retirement was something I’d considered and a friend of mine, who had been a university lecturer too, was now a guest speaker on cruise ships. It sounded interesting, so I arranged to meet him.
He told me how he’s in great demand as his specialist area is the history of the British Empire and it’s hard to find a cruise that doesn’t call in at some ex-imperial port.
After a good chat, he gave me his agent’s number and lots of tips and when I returned home I sent them a DVD I happened to have of a psychology lecture I’d done for the University of the Third Age.

The waiting game

I waited but heard nothing back, so thinking there was nothing to lose, I rang. ‘Shy bairns get nowt’, as they say hereabouts. The agent rang back within the hour to say he’d take me on and within a few weeks I got a booking for a cruise to Spain, Portugal and North Africa.
As I drove down to pick up the cruise in Southampton, I felt increasingly nervous about what I’d let myself in for. Why would anyone want to come to a psychology talk on their holidays? Would my slides work? Could I still do it? Was working after retirement really a good idea? Anyway, a very slick operation whipped away my car and suitcase and I went through to the departure lounge.

No turning back

For some reason I was stunned to see that of the 700 or so passengers waiting to board, I was probably the youngest. The ship was late due to adverse weather, so the waiting passengers were invited to play bingo by a well-meaning lady who seemed to have learned her trade by watching episodes of Hi-De-Hi. This wasn’t going to be my cup of tea, I thought, in something of a panic. What had I let myself in for? Too late to back out now…
What experiences do you have of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone? We’d love to hear. 
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