The cottage was exactly as he imagined it to be. It was a cozy wooden one-bedroom cabin situated in the middle of a wood and surrounded by many lakes. It had no electricity, internet or cell phone connections. It was isolated and disconnected from the outside world just as he wanted it to be! The nearest town was at least 30 miles away and it was approximately a four-hour drive from his home. This is how Alan Thomas wanted to celebrate his retirement!
He has never been at this part of the country before, but this place was highly recommended by few of his friends who frequently use it as an escape venue to unload some of their emotional and physical packages whether caused by their personal or professional lives!
Alan spent the last 40 years of his life in the audit profession, internal and external. He was an audit partner with a leading accounting firm and he served as the Chief Audit Executive (CAE) for several national organizations. He enjoyed his career very much, but after all these years of professional skepticism, risk assessments, auditing, and struggling to meet & exceed stakeholders’ and clients’ expectations,he was ready for a new phase in his life. One that does not involve any of the above in any shape or form! He felt the profession was taking its toll on him at different levels.He simply wanted to leave it behind him!
He was hoping to spend most of his time at the cottage watching the wildlife and enjoying nature. He thought about camping instead of the cabin,but he concluded he is not equipped to live in a tent for a couple of weeks.He had plans to catch up on a long overdue reading list of novels written by his favorite authors. He also wanted to spend time reflecting on his life and his plans for retirement. He is still in his early sixties, an age that is confusing his body and mind!His mind is telling him he is still young and full of energy,while his body is sending him reminders to slow down and accept the fact that he is no longer young! Obviously, there is a disconnect between the mind and the body, he is eager to have them reach a compromise! He is not in any rush to start new projects or start to develop travel plans, although he was leaning towards spending time volunteering at various charities.Mentoring was also on his to-do list, but for now, he just wanted a long break and the peace of mind!