At the beginning of the week, a neighbor left, as he himself had decided. At 68… Life could no longer bring him anything, he said.
Very young, just after his studies, he had joined a large company, as an administrative employee. He worked tirelessly, devoting himself body and soul to this business which had become his only family. By dint of work, evening classes, various training, he climbed all the levels of the hierarchy until finding himself responsible for more than 300 people. For him, nothing else mattered but work. He hardly ever took sick leave. Every year, he gave up many days off and his favorite phrase was: when you do a job you love, you don’t really work. Except for philately, he had no passion, no leisure. Work, always work…
At 65, he was made to understand that he had to retire, to make room for young people. On the day of the reception organized to celebrate his departure, he took the first real bun in at least 40 years!
The next day, he settled into his favorite armchair, completely lost, not knowing what to do with his hours of freedom that he had never thought about. His life then unfolded, monotonous, without surprises, between television and passive observation of his neighborhood through the window. After almost three years of vegetating, he chose to leave.
Fortunately, this kind of character is quite rare. But despite everything, those who have nothing planned for after professional life are quite numerous. How many of them do not realize that the end of a working life is in fact only the beginning of a new one? The passage to the pension, it prepares. Long in advance. And above all, work is not just that in life! Think about it!
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