Graduating from Work...(After a 42-Year Apprenticeship)

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 15:42

Baz - The Landy

Crikey, I could not be so old that I can retire, surely?

Thankfully age is just a state-of-mind that has little other meaning or relevance…
After all, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were”?


That answer for me might vary day-to-day as I chuckle to myself…
But what does retirement truly mean?

Perhaps it is a word for another age, one long past – for me retirement means I have set a different course with my life, reclaiming some of those dreams I have long-held, a “Graduation from Work” after a very long apprenticeship...

After all, you can’t just keep laying “railroad tracks” in the same direction and simply hope you don’t run out of tracks. I have found it empowering and invigorating to seize control; to make changes as I look to new horizons.

Speaking of which, the Australian Outback beckons and how fortunate are we that there are so many destinations and wide open spaces in Australia that we can enjoy! Not to forget thousands of kilometres of coastline and inland waterways to kayak…

Without doubt this change in my life affords me a better opportunity to claim back my fitness, something that has been lacking over these past couple of years!

It is 42-years since I commenced work with the Bank of New South Wales at age 15-years in 1975. And whilst I will be leaving the building on 7 March, my official finishing date will be 10 April 2017, a significant date and milestone in the history of the bank and without doubt, an important day for me.

It will be 200-years ago on 8 April 1817 that the Bank of New South Wales opened its doors to business for the very first time - Australia's first company. And those that do the maths will see I have been with the bank for over one-fifth of the time since it took those first deposits from customers.

The bank has given my family a wonderful life, one that has been filled with the opportunity to develop professionally and personally and I will be forever grateful of that.

People have asked me, what will you do?

Well, TomO, the Crown Prince, has just started Year-11 at school and I’m looking forward to simply “being around” for him as he navigates his way through these important and remaining two-years of high school.

And the future, how do I see that taking shape…

My answer is simple, to spend it with Mrs Landy.

All who know this wonderfully kind person will attest she is an absolute angel – I was so lucky to marry the girl next door thirty-three years ago.

Yes literally, next-door neighbours making eyes over the back-fence!

Together we plan to enjoy the next chapter in our lives and look forward to watching TomO, make his mark on the world as he paints his own picture on life’s canvas…

A romantic notion?

Perhaps, but Mrs Landy and I are romantics to the core and loving every minute of that, it has kept us young at heart...!

And who knows where those “railroad tracks” will takes us or what we might be doing. But sometimes you just need to walk to the edge and not be afraid to peer over...

We truly believe the world becomes your oyster when you are willing to put your fears aside and simply…

“Live in the moment”

After all, that is the only moment that we can ever truly live…

Just in case you were wondering “Baz – The Landy” came about as a consequence of owning three Land Rover Defenders, but as you can see this has now changed...

And yes, thank you, I've recovered fully from the experience!

But “Baz – The Landy” reference has stuck...!

Cheers, Baz – The Landy, Outback Australia…
“Those who don’t think
it can be done shouldn’t
bother the person doing it…”
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