I HATE the word retirement. For some reason, it sounds like your life is over. It’s as though one is sitting down, relaxing and doing nothing.
It’s a scary thought – not knowing what to do after spending most of the time working on something.
To be honest, I’m scared too but I’m finding the stage I’m in right now – a powerful learning experience.
I’ve come to the realisation that retirement is not about ending things forever – it is about closing chapters to open new ones.
Think of how many chapters you have closed in your lives. It should not just end there.
We have to move on to new chapters in life and that is what makes us grow.
For instance, I have learnt that changing one’s focus is vital.
We must always have a goal or an incentive to move forward.
In the past, training was probably all about getting better to perform in a tournament for me.
Now, I wake up and have no reason to hit the gymnasium. Instead, I work out because I want to. I can also exercise and do sports that I could not have done before.
Boxing is making me so happy! In the past, boxing was not even an option to me because I could not risk hurting myself.
The beauty now is that I’m totally free. I’m trying all sorts of activities. I find myself hiking, boxing, dancing and even drawing.
I must confess that I’m also developing other new skills. For example, I’m learning public speaking!
People who know me, know that I can be very shy when it comes to sharing and talking publicly.
As I have set a new goal in my life to give back, sharing more openly will help in my mission to inspire others.
I’m learning to write articles as well. The last 20 years of my life, I have been quietly playing squash, and I’ve never really expressed my thoughts in a newspaper!
This chapter of giving back in my life has come about from recognising that I have something more to offer.
I encourage everyone to embrace the fact that life will constantly make us close chapters and it’s up to us to decide how we want the next chapter to be. It’s in our hands to decide whether we want the experience to be positive or negative.
I still have a long way to go in discovering my new journey. I’ve figured out that I’m more capable than I thought I was.
So here’s to new beginnings and possibilities for all of you out there.