I hear the cry go out, but you’re too young to retire…
Hey, isn’t that the point.
Besides, I am seeing it as a “graduation from work to full-time adventure”.
But what does retirement truly mean in any case?
Perhaps it is a word for another age, one long past – for me retirement means I have set a different course with my life, reclaiming some of those dreams I have long-held.
After all, you can’t just keep laying “railroad tracks” in the same direction and simply hope you don’t run out of tracks. It is empowering and invigorating to seize control of your life; to make changes as you look to new horizons.
Speaking of which, the Australian Outback beckons and perhaps there are still some mountains that I can climb and plenty of our wonderful coastline left to kayak…
Without doubt this change in my life affords me a better opportunity to claim back my fitness, something that has been lacking over these past couple of years!
It is 42-years since I commenced work with the Bank of New South Wales at age 15-years in 1975. “The Wales” as it was affectionately known was renamed Westpac Banking Corporation following a merger with the Commercial Bank of Australia in 1982.
“Dear Mr and Mrs O’Malley, it is now 6 months since your son entered on probation with the bank.
During that time, Barry has settled into his new surroundings and applied himself to his various duties to the extent he has shown himself suited to bank work…”
And whilst I have left the building today, my official finishing date will be 10 April 2017 and following a significant milestone in the history of the bank.
The 8th of April marks the date 200-years ago in 1817 that the Bank of New South Wales opened its doors to business for the very first time. And those that do the maths will see I have been with the bank for over one-fifth of the time since it took those first deposits from customers.
Coincidently, it was on 10 April 1989 that I commenced working in the bank’s 60 Martin Place Financial Markets dealing room after my return from a secondment to the bank’s operations in Papua New Guinea.
The bank has given my family and me a wonderful life, one that has been filled with the opportunity to develop professionally and personally…
“I am proud of the contribution I have made to the bank and today as I walk out the front doors of Head Office in Sydney, perhaps with moistened eyes, I will look back at the mosaic that is the Bank.
I will remember fondly the people I have worked with over the years, the challenges we faced, the successes we achieved, and, importantly, the laughter and banter we have shared.
I will wish those who remain all the best for their future as they continue to weave the living tapestry that is the bank; as they continue to make their own impression on that mosaic…”
People have asked me, what will you do?
Well, TomO, the Crown Prince, has just started Year-11 at school and I’m looking forward to simply “being around” for him as he navigates his way through these two important remaining years of his high schooling.
And the future, how do I see that taking shape…?
My answer is simple, to spend it with the love of my life, Janet-Planet.
All who know this wonderfully kind person will attest, she is an absolute angel – I was so lucky to marry the girl next door thirty-three years ago.
Yes literally, next-door neighbours making eyes over the back-fence!
Together we plan to enjoy the next chapter in our lives and look forward to watching our TomO make his mark on the world as he paints his own picture on life’s canvas…
A romantic notion?
For sure it is, but Janet-Planet and I are romantics to the core and loving every minute of that, it has kept us young at heart…!
And who knows where those “railroad tracks” will takes us, but sometimes you just need to walk to the edge and not be afraid to peer over it.
We truly believe the world becomes your oyster when you are willing to put your fears aside and simply…
“Live in the moment”
After all, that is the only moment that we can ever truly live…
“Thanks for your friendship and the memories, Big Bad Baz…!”