When you retire , the 2 biggest issues you are going to face are:
1) cost of living - how to maintain your lifestyle?
He..he..he.. it looks so easy. Eat what we can , sleep when we like any time. Life is so easy now.
You are absolutely right. But the food is getting more expensive now. If you go to mamak restaurant, year 2014 you can eat tanddori chicken with RM10 but now 2015 .. it cost RM12 excluding GST, parking fee etc etc.
Health bills? they are getting more and more. Last time RM500 can bring you far in your favourite hospital. Now RM1000 is something .. you get to spend. So watch out. The cost of medicine, number of treatments regarding your urine tests, drips .. etc etc. Your cholesterol level also high. Now high, tomorrow may be higher .. why? you lack exercises. (laugh).
2) you are going to lose many of your good friends
If you are a professor, your friends are mostly academicians. They talk and breathe just like what you do yesterday , today and tomorrow under the tree in Sri Gading, Batu Pahat.
After you retire, and you start to move inland towards your village .. what you mention looks so wierd to the kampung folks. They only know about tapping rubber trees, tending their lands for rice, tapioca, water melon and many more of that kind. No need 'impact factor' journals and the rest. This is when you feel out of place my old professor.
Today you are still ok to call your old friends. Soon , your calling would not be attended any more by your good old friends. Why? the answer is so simple.. you are not in their group any more. He..he..he..
what a lonely life one is heading .. in the 60's ; 70's and .. 100's.
Till then good bye prof. Forgive my bad english. Two years have gone after I retired. It seems just like yesterday when my friends from the faculty - say good bye to me with plenty of hugs, kiss and many more tears. Huh ..life is really too short?