What the……?? Mr GF has gone back to work?
But am I not suppose to be enjoying the fruits of my many years sweat and toil? Not answering to the sound of the alarm clock going off at 5am, or deciding what I want to do today rather than what someone else wants me to do?
Don’t worry, it’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s actually a good thing.
So I got a call on Friday from a guy who I’ve previously worked for on labour hire assignments. He phones me every few months to “see how I’m doing, and would I be interested in doing some more work for him”. So far it’s been the big “thanks but no thanks”.
Anyway, he’s got a small job starting Monday (today) operating an excavator digging some trenches on a new construction site for a couple of days. Could I help him out as he hasn’t got anyone else lined-up.
Well, the price was right and the work is only for a couple of days this week, so yeah, why not.
So why would I consider this to be a good thing? Why would a happily, early-retired bloke like myself want to do any more work? Isn’t that the whole point of retiring early?
Well, the reason is……because I can.
The great thing about returning to the workforce, for me, is that it’s by choice, and that’s what this thing called “Financial Independence” gives you. Choice to work, choice to work part time, choice to do volunteer work, choice to do something I’ve always wanted to do, or choice not to work at all.
I’ve previously written about my reasons for retiring early. Having to no longer put up with the early mornings, the tedious drive to and from work, and putting up with shouty, rude, disrespectful bosses who think they can treat you how they wish because they’re the boss.
And so I developed the ‘Rules of Work”.
- No more than 30 minutes travel each way.
- No overtime work without adequate compensation.
- No working for rude, bully-boy bosses.
This job gets ticked off on all three rules so I am happy to take it on and since it’s only for a short time, it won’t become the drudgery that a full-time job may become. And what’s more, I can genuinely call this a side-hustle cos it’s not a full time job.
So I’m packing my lunch box, digging out the Hi-Viz work clothes, dusting off the hard-hat, and setting off to work for ‘da’ man’ again, for a short time at least. And I may even be rather looking forward to it too.
UPDATE: I’ve finished my first day doing just 6.5 hours which is a pretty good way to ease back into it. Getting up at 5am was a bit tough but at least it’s already daylight at that time now.
My boss on this job is a good guy so can tick that box off and I’ll be back out there again tomorrow to finish digging my trenches and then backfill them after the services have been laid.
And then back to retirement on Wednesday, or rather, back to working on my new online business. So am I really retired or not? Hmmmmm…..