Blogs by Peter J. Oszmann
About retiring from retirement.
10/7/2005 2:47:58 PM
Last Christmas I announced that I was going to retire from retirement. Well, I did… in a fashion…
I don’t know if it is true or not, but I was told that the Chinese have an ambiguous way of saying a “blessing” to a person they parting company with. They say: “Have an interesting life.” I am also told that it is more of a curse than a blessing.
I have a number of good Chinese friends and acquaintances, and although, frankly, I cannot recall any one of them muttering anything like that to my face, I cannot be absolutely sure that it was never muttered – in Chinese of course – in my presence. I would be the last one to accuse any of them of any deliberate malice towards me, they are all delightful people and I never crossed words with any of them, but on a few occasions I’ve seen one or another in angry mood about some irritating event and heard them muttering angrily in Chinese. I cannot help wondering if the “curse” was muttered in my presence and some of it – accidentally - rubbed off on me. Because – sure as hell – I do have an “interesting life” that I could well do without.
I will not bore you with the details of my “interesting life”, because the details could fill a voluminous twenty-volume book (something like the Encyclopaedia Britannica) and I certainly have neither time nor interest in writing it. Let’s just say that neither my retirement, nor my retirement from retirement worked out, as I would have wished for. Which is not exactly surprising, considering that virtually nothing in my life ever worked out exactly as I would have wished for. Does it ever for any one? If any of you out there had a perfect life, please write to me about it and make me turn green with envy.
Anyway – to cut a long story short – I bought a franchise last Christmas from a reputable looking company. I also knew the Managing Director personally and from previous business experiences considered him trustworthy. It looked like a good business proposition, offering a reasonable return working on a part time basis.
To cut a very long story very short, the company went bust within six month of my joining it. The up front franchise fee was substantial and – yes, you guessed it correctly – I lost it all. The company folded rapidly and without funds… Yes, I checked out the company prior to signing the franchise agreement, my financial and legal advisers both checked through the small prints and the accounts and found them all above board… yet… So much for an “interesting life”…
I did not retire from retirement just because I was bored or restless either. There were good financial reasons too, about which I will not go into details, suffice to say that my wife and I retired on a modest pension, which under normal circumstances would have been just about adequate, without seriously jeopardising our life style.
But can anyone be ever assured of “normal circumstances”? Certainly not, when one is condemned to an “interesting life”.
Family health problems prevent me to “go out” to find work in order to supplement our pension. Age discrimination in employment is another factor, whilst I will not deny that having been independent and self employed almost all my working life, I do not find the thought of “being in employment” attractive this late in my life.
Having anticipated some of the problems and potential pitfalls of retirement many years ago, when I was still working full time, I started experimenting getting involved in business conducted through the Internet, or e-commerce as it is otherwise known.
Whilst I cannot claim to be an expert in the field, I have now a certain amount of experience – good and bad – enough to encourage me to keep at it.
I do not regard e-commerce as an easy option, a quick way to instant riches. Like all businesses they need constant attention, persistent and effective marketing and also a willingness to adapt to rapid changes. It is not naturally an easy game for a septuagenarian, but I am a stubborn old mule… I would be happier if I could devote a little more time to it than I am able to at the moment, but “beggars can’t be choosers” and so I just keep plodding on. Unfortunately this means even less time for writing or any other hobbies.
For better or for worse I am having an “interesting life” and I am not planning to retire from “retiring from retirement”… I simply cannot afford it…
And I am careful not to mutter the supposed “Chinese Curse” of “Have an interesting life” to anyone I know… and if you know any way of having a less interesting life, please let me know… quickly before I have no life left to live!…
If you’d like to find out what sort of business I am involved on the Internet, here are two links for you to give you an idea:
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