Craig Clissold worked with the Honolulu Police Department for 30 years; he did and learned a lot in his time there. Apparently, there is some research that says that it take 11 days to form a new habit, whether that’s true or not, it’s easy to see that it’s pretty hard to break a 30-year-long habit. Craig Clissold has always enjoyed vacations and taking some time away from work, but taking such an extended vacation was hard.
Craig Clissold says people often talk about retirement as if they are going to be fulfilled playing golf all day, five days a week. However, it is like the saying goes, you can have too much of a good thing. Aside from being a hard habit to break, work is a vital part of how many people define themselves. Craig Clissold worked hard to grow in his career because he was passionate about the opportunities it gave him. Craig Clissold says all the golf in the world could not replace the feeling he got from the role he played in the Honolulu community as a police officer.
Craig Clissold knew himself well enough to know that he would not be happy to sit at home and spend his days playing golf just yet. Craig Clissold says he still has lots of energy and lots to contribute to others. Craig Clissold cannot justify not continuing to follow his passions while he still has the energy and will to do so.
Craig Clissold encourages those approaching retirement to consider whether they have accomplished everything that they’ve wanted to and how they plan to fill all the free time that it brings. Craig Clissold says that although retirement age takes years to get to, it has a tendency to arrive quickly once you reach those last few years.