0rickharris 1 year ago ReplyUpvoteOnly last week I put the christmas tree away (or so it seems)Seriously, keep yourself busy, the more you pack into each day the faster the time goes by.Set targets - A somewhat long but worthwhile story:When I was 161/2 I joined the Air Force - In an environment where I was the youngest by several years I was lonely, unhappy, homesick and very very shy. One evening, fed up with it all I sat down and wrote a list of things I felt I wanted to achieve no matter how unlikely or difficult they were.The I reviewed the list and put the aims in a better order partially things I really wanted in the short term and partially things I just really really wanted but could see they were going to take longer to achieve.I thought about the top few and what steps I should take to achieve them, then I vowed to do something however small towards that achievement that week and each following week until I reached the goal.The top 3 things on that list, (which I still have), said 1. Become confident in doing my job.2 Make friends.3. Get promoted (get more money)I went into work next morning and went to see my boss and explained I wanted to become more involved with the job. He immediately put me on shift work with one of the teams who he instructed to train me on what i needed to be doing.I passed a notice saying a sailing club was about to start, I forced myself to attend the first meeting (everyone would ne new) - 6 months later i had new friends, new skills and confidence and was running the sailing club bar. I found out I needs some educational qualifications to go to the next level in promotion, I signed up for night school, did FAR better in the lessons that I ever did at school and passed the exams with flying colours. 12 months later I was promoted and almost doubles my pay.I didn't have time to be lonely, homesick or unhappy and the days flew by with astonishing speed.60+ years further on from that day - I still do this. In that time I have NEVER worked at a job I didn't like, I have always earned a good or better income with the result I was able to retire at 60 and do anything I wanted to.My son does the same and intends to retire at 50 or 55, he will be able to because he has planned and worked for it. Even now I have many skill and interests. trained as an electronics engineer, I now make jewellery as a hobby. Many people in my village are wearing jewellery I have made. (I decided one day 15 years ago to learn how to make jewellery. It looked interesting).