It's becoming harder to maintain my belief in a glorious retirement with total control over my own time and unlimited opportunity to do what I chose. Cracks are starting to show. OK I haven't retired yet, there are another four days to go, but already others are making plans to use my services.
Fair enough, I did use work as an excuse for not doing things. You know the sort of thing: "I'd like to do that" or "I could help with that, but I don't have time because of work. Maybe when I've retired." Oh dear. Someone has remembered. Now they are expecting me to actually do those things.
For goodness sake, I know I said that I was planning to retire in the style of Brexit but I didn't write anything on the side of a bus. I'll just have to brazen it out and deny ever saying it.
To give me inspiration I've been watching videos of Dan and Dominic explaining how it was obvious we'd have to leave the single market despite their repeated (and recorded) statements to the contrary. And I think I've got it.
"I said, I'd like to do it. That is completely different from saying I made a commitment or even offered to do it."
"I said, I could do it. Well I'm capable of doing it, in fact I'm a bit of an expert. It was a statement of my ability, not a commitment."
"What do you mean. Context. Semantics? I'm sorry if you misunderstood me but there it is. Someone else's problem. Mugs."
But I know in the end I'll end up helping.
Ironically, given my Brexit theme, that the first thing I'm being pressed into doing is write a Data Protection Policy to meet EU GDPR for a club I'm in.
All this excitement of leaving and then just more of the same but with less money.