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I have developed an addiction over the last couple of months which is providing me with a wonderful high, although the habit is proving to be expensive.  I have weathered two music festivals, the Sydney Writers Festival and next week I’m launching into the Sydney Film Festival. World music, blues and jazz have pulsated through my veins. International writers, including many of our home grown Australian authors, have kept my endorphin levels up and guaranteed that my neurological system continues to function. I was on such a high by the end of last week that I was like a jack in the box. Anyone could be forgiven for thinking that a little sedation might have been appropriate.

What was it about the Sydney Writers’ Festival that left me in a state of euphoria? The enthusiasm of the author, his or her capacity to draw me into their text, to transport me into unfamiliar spaces, other countries or imaginary worlds. Until the Writers Festival I had never heard of Reza Aslan, William Dalrymple, the accomplished young writer Kalinda Ashton or the monologist Mike Daisy. But by the end of the week, I knew them all.

Australian publishers outlined their readiness for e-publishing, although they anticipate that e-books will only constitute 1-2% of their market in the next financial year. I raced down the hallway to Interrogating Twitter because I didn’t want to be locked out of the digital revolution and what did I find – that the session was full. I was furious because I don’t want to be a fossil!

At future festivals retirees should demand that the principles of affirmative action be applied to all sessions related to the digital revolution. We need neuro enhancement as much as anyone in the gen X or Y category. They can wait at the back of the que.


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NSW Writers Centre courses inspire, challenge the imagination and make you laugh while simultaneously calming the adrenal glands. Following a short meditation practice we were asked by our teacher, Joyce Kornblatt, to transport ourselves into an imaginary world. Feeling stumped and working to a very short dead line, my tranquillity took flight. Like a young child I immediately thought of fairies and Santa Claus. Feeling the pressure of time, Santa Claus won out.

If I could fly like Santa Claus, drop down chimneys, sashay through open windows or magically walk through locked doors, the contents of my stockings would bring joy to every corner of the earth. Every household would have an abundance of water, fresh food and stockings that contain a love potion. This would ensure that anyone in need of a soft touch, a kind word or a thoughtful gesture would have their needs met instantly. If I could anchor a happiness cloud over every house, for just one day, then I would be content with my imaginary world.

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The idea of a second life offers endless possibilities.  My avatars are going to take innumerable forms and I am going to be endlessly reincarnated.

I’m not adopting the latest paradigm shift for those in the early retirement category. I’m ignoring them all and kicking up my heels. I’m doing as I please; extending my lifespan and if I die it will be disgracefully! Within limits of course, but there are no opportunities for anyone to subjugate or demean my female avatars.

I’m bored by articles about investing for retirement, post retirement careers and reverse mortgages. Wasn’t economic rationalism killed off by the GFC?  I’m going to bury the protestant work ethic.

If I believed everything I read, I’d conceive of myself as layers of sandwich filling squeezed between two slices of bread. I’m not accepting membership of any sandwich generation. That’s not for me. The concept needs to be pushed into the academic cloisters, where I’m sure it originated.

I’m going to build a community of early retirees so we can create socially aware, brave second lifers.  If you don’t already have prowess in blogging, twittering and kinderling, then like me, you need to learn.  Early retirees have the possibility of another 40 years of life so they need to push out their imaginary boundaries and embrace technology.  I know how hard that can be!

A journalist at the Guardian claims that working until 75 could become the norm. Let’s show him that he is wrong, we’re not spending our whole life focussed on one small section of the world’s endless possibilities.  Nor are we spending lots of time playing simulation games. We’re climbing Everest, fighting world poverty, global warming and finding the time and energy to jump into a spaceship.  We’re orbitting the earth and reflecting on the smallness of our planet.

I’m awaiting your contributions so we can build a community of extraordinary early retirees. Where will we start – with the characters and events for a short story, a movie, a novel? Remember the sky need not be the limit. Let’s draw on our life experiences, plan adventures, write about them, bring our ideas to fruition and share the outcomes. Now it’s over to you.

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