Today I gave notice to my employers. In just a few weeks I shall continue East and complete my circuit of Australia. I would have liked to do it on a bike but frankly I think I will enjoy it more in my Landcruiser.
I shall head for Queensland to visit an old friend. After that, to New Zealand. The good news is that I have a lot of accumulated leave, and I have just earned 70% of three months long service leave in addition, having completed seven years service in local government in Western Australia. With my accumulated leave That is worth almost a half year’s pay. Plus I have my super. I came here with nothing and in the last seven years I have put away a reasonable nest egg; far better than I could have achieved in New Zealand. Far better in fact than I had managed in the fifteen years prior. But I was paying a mortgage then and raising youngsters. In any case I sincerely hope it is sufficient, and with the pension, I hope I never need to work again. I have really had enough.
Looking forward to what comes next.
Apropos of nothing at all here is the wonderful Jacques Brel singing his song that Edith Piaf so famously covered. A powerful moving performance.