I feel a great sense of having been blessed with a long and fulfilling life.

I have now enjoyed eighteen years of retirement. After a work-life spanning five decades, I could hardly wait for my golden years to begin. I had no financial wealth, no valuable assets, no nest egg; just a modest pension which was about half of my final salary.

That didn’t bother me. I had the greatest wealth of all; good health of mind and body, a positive disposition and a resolve to make the very best of that new stage of my life. Now, after eighteen years of adventure, enjoyment and contentment, I can assure anyone nearing retirement that may have doubts or concerns about how they might cope or adjust to their new and unfamiliar life, that they should banish their worries. It is a rewarding and wonderful experience if they embrace…

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