|Sunset from the back garden. Storm clouds over Pyson's Road and the Fuji factory - how apt?|
I'm sixty-four, no mortgage or debt, so why am I finding it such a difficult issue to deal with? If I'm brutally honest, then I think it's the fact that this decision, as to when I cease working, has been taken away from me. I'd always wanted to remain at work until my sixty-sixth birthday then simply walk away, no fuss or ceremony. Now, however, it doesn't look like I'll make it to sixty-five before being consigned to the scrap heap! Not a situation I relish although it does have some very nice spin off effects pertaining to free time and the ability to go fishing, etc... Looking at the numbers, although these are ball park figures and not yet confirmed, it will be a very small margin of difference between the redundancy package and the money I would earn should I stay in employment until December 2021. When looked at in this light it has to be a no-brainer - where do I sign?
Bev and I have talked through our options, so now it's down to HR, at Fuji, and me to see where this situation takes us. I'm furloughed for the next week, so it will be ten days before I am back on site and can set the ball rolling. The factory floor is my second home, a comfort zone in which I'm totally at ease and in control. This current situation is beyond my experience and one that takes me well out of my depth. Turbulent times. I should count my blessings, because we're in far better position to deal with this situation than many other households who are similarly affected. The new normal? Fishing five days a week! I very much doubt it.