Suddenly I`m not `Captain Mitchell` any more
The travel company I worked for went bust. Suddenly I`m no longer Captain Mitchell, respected airline pilot. Suddenly Im no longer the reassuring voice on the passenger address, the unofficial `Dad` to my crew kids, the guy in a uniform.
Now, at 61, I`m the old fart who is overly sociable to check out staff at the grocery store... My house has never been cleaner ! All the little neglected household jobs got done in a rush in the first month.
I`ll never get another flying job at my age. Too many talented young colleagues who need the work. Thankfully the money is OK. Not wealthy but far from eating cat food.
If I could pass on the most vital bit of advice to younger people its to prioritise your pension savings.
I can `sort of` see contentment on the horizon, but the experience of sudden, inadvertent retirement is hugely unsettling.
Biggest thing for me I admit is the loss of status - of my `place` in the world.
Instead of respect now, I`m just the old fart in the way... Its a difficult adjustment.
I`ve always been level headed- kind of a must in the job- but this is a situation with no checklist to follow, no navigation system to see me through. I`m kind of lost..