‘Retirement’ – a time to question your life


 

Sometimes I think it’s time to remove the word ‘retired’ from the dictionary – as most people my age (who list themselves as ‘retired’) are as busy as they have ever been. Referred to as ‘The Third Age’, it is the age of fulfillment, when we begin to ask questions about the purpose of life and what really matters to us. I think it is an important developmental period which can significantly add to a life well lived.  ‘And before I shuffle off this mortal coil’ (Hamlet) – there is indeed so much to be done, engaging in a personal life of wide and intense interests.

Recently I began as a mentor at a local school, spending one hour a week with a student – with the objective of sharing my life experience and knowledge with him, and teaching him some useful pointers as he grows up. It is supposed to be enormously beneficial to the student, but I think retrospectively, that I am the one gaining more than the student!

As the centenary commemorations of WW1 continue across the nation and in Europe, a small yet important local feature will soon be evident. As a member of the Port Lincoln Masonic Lodge, we sought funding from the Anzac Day Commemoration Fund for the erection of an illuminated  flag pole and a plaque, to recognise the 12 Port Lincoln Freemasons who enlisted in The Great War. The Lodge received a grant of $3,000 towards this project – which will soon adorn one of Port Lincoln’s more notable buildings.

During the recent school holidays,  a group of Port Lincoln Hospital nurses and children spent a week at Nyroca – at what has become an annual event. An enormous amount of food is brought to the campsite and various activities are undertaken over the course of the week, with all of the modern day accoutrements. Yet despite all that, the most popular pastime was swinging from a rope on the branch of a tree from one side of the creek to the other.

Over the past week, a group of four families from Adelaide stayed at Nyroca and used it as a base as they explored the nearby national parks. None of the group had ever been to the lower Eyre before, and were amazed at the great scenery they observed at Memory Cove and along the coastline to Point Sir Isaacs.

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