Never give up! Enjoy life after work

Instead of falling on the Metro stairs in Paris, I was now being trapped by tree roots in the forest ‘ says Christopher Vanier

Former IT manager turned writer Christopher Vanier, 77, explains the importance of embracing life – and all its twists and turns – in retirement

I thought my retirement would be a quiet affair with my wife in Paris – but it has ended up with me buying a house with someone different and spending hours every week running around a forest (sometimes in the dark).

Here in France, retirement comes soon after age 60, earlier than in many other countries, and many of us look forward to it eagerly. No more getting up early on Monday mornings! No more bosses to satisfy with hard work! Eternal holidays! Well, perhaps not eternal, but to take when we like. Freedom!

Then we check our pension plans and try to live a peaceful senior’s future as anticipated. For example, I always thought that the only point of being in France for a Brit like me was to live in Paris. Quietly.

But for many ...

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