Coming up to a planned retirement in March 2018, shortly after my 60th birthday in January, there was a degree of scepticism from my family on whether I would be able to cope with "nothing" to do.
Although I saw a lot of attraction in the notion of finding a remote cave and disappearing from life to become a hermit, a series of challenges evolved to keep me busy, sane, engaged and active. As I was now passing sixty it seemed obvious -ish to list sixty things to do and if possible for them to have links to 60 (or at least sixes) however tenuous. So here they are. After a while into the first list it became clear that completing them all in a year was an unrealistic challenge, but I've no problem with a rolling list.
I live in Kent in the south of England, but I was born in Liverpool. For work I dabbled in the management of environment departments with a number of local authorities, including many in London. I started knowing a bit about trees and by the end achieved a position where I knew very little about a lot of things, including refuse collection and recycling, parks, highways and transport, environmental health and community protection. I made a late switch to working for charities spending time with Keep Britain Tidy, Living Streets and The Conservation Volunteers.
Maybe the 61st sixtieth can be finding a cave and becoming a hermit.