Two newly over-60s, who have registered to receive retirement benefits, mull.
Tom: You ever, mmm?
Willis: Ever what?
Tom: Ever think about starting a second life?
Willis: Second life as in Second Life? The game?
Tom: Second life as in start a new job. Now that retirement looms.
Willis: I should. If I don’t prepare, then I’ll be stuck with only these skills and this way of thinking and then have to beg them to keep me on as a part-timer.
Tom: On a severely reduced income.
Willis: And be like those who keep coming to work because they’ve got no new places to go.
Tom: They say that upskilling makes you feel younger.
Willis: Yeah, cut the fat and delay dementia.
Tom: So what do you like to do?
Willis: (long pause) Hmm. Kind of like what I’m already doing.
Tom: What do you do?
Willis: Teach a bit, take care of those around me.
Two features of an unstructured mulling session.
Clarification of “second life”. Product names sometimes usurp everyday expressions.
One speaker builds on the other’s ideas: “On a reduced income” … “And be like…”
Despite Tom and Willis’ views of second lifing, Willis’ “take care of those around me” is a nice reminder of a fundamental human value.