Retirement

I think I was looking forward to retirement, getting up when I want, going to bed when I want and just generally pleasing myself what I do and when I want to do it. So 6 months or so after “officially” retiring and I’m finding that I don’t seem to have the time to do all those little outstanding DIY projects. Those that I manage to have a look at seem to take 10 times longer to do due to dodgy knees, dodgy back, dodgy ankles and a general lack of strength. Rotten getting old 🙁

I’m finding it difficult to accept that “I’m not as young as I was”, I have the skills, knowledge and experience but no longer have the physical strength or indeed the patience to do DIY; which I loved to do. I used to be (and still consider myself to be) an Engineer (Mech). Hydraulics, pneumatics, steam, heat engines and even some electrical stuff. I could turn my hand to pretty much anything. Over the years, I became proficient at stuff like laying bricks and blocks and even doing a decent job of plastering. Household plumbing and electrics were basically childs play. For the past 20 years or so, I’ve worked in “IT Tech support” and have loved it. I suppose my DIY skills have become dulled because my love of computers and technology have taken precedence.

Over the past 20 years or so I’ve still done DIY projects like remodeling the bathroom, bedrooms an other stuff but computers and technology have always taken priority. Even in retirement, I still “keep my hand in” by looking after a few websites, keeping my CentOS server up to date, keeping the devices on my LAN up to date. I try to keep up-to-date with new stuff but I find I’m not really interested as it’s mostly rehashed stuff from 30+ years ago that was a bad idea then and is still a bad idea 🙂 Some of the new stuff is innovative and peaks my interest.

I look at some of the new stuff and ask “what are they thinking” and “is it me”. Since becoming involved in / with computers, I’ve always thought that computers should help make things easier but in a lot of situations “computerising” a “manual” system makes the job in hand a lot harder and that is very sad 🙁 I think the problem is basically two fold, the first problem is a basic misunderstanding of the “manual system” and the second problem is poor implementation of the “computerised system”. The problems would seem to be (IMO) the specifying of the “computerised system”. The “programmers / coders” generally know how to write code but they are generally asked to write code to do a specific task. Unfortunately, the specifiers often don’t understand the “manual system” and this results in “users” having to learn how to do things differently. IMO, “computerising a system” should mimic the manual system so that the “user” continues to do their job without having to do things to suit the “new computerised system”. If the “job in hand” can be done quicker and easier using a “manual system” instead of a “computerised system”, the “computerised system” has failed! It is fair to say that some “manual systems” don’t work and “computerising” the system can offer some benefits but generally “pigs ear and silk purse” come to mind 🙂

It seems retirement is reflecting on the life I’ve had and the knowledge I’ve learned (a lot of times the hard way). Now I’m just waiting for the one way journey to oblivion, where I become nothing. It’s bad enough being a nobody but being nothing is a great leveler !