Q AND A: Former librarian is not the retiring type
THERE are so many truly remarkable people in the Noosa region.
Each and every one of us has a lifetime of achievements, thoughts, beliefs and lessons learned.
The Q&A feature is an opportunity to showcase some of the exceptional people in our proud region.
This week, we hear from Noosaville’s Jan Wild who runs online blog, Retiring not Shy.
1. What is something you really resent paying for?
I don’t really resent paying for anything as long as it’s got value for me. Perhaps as a country we need to stop looking at what we can get for free.
2. What is the best advice you ever received?
My mum used to always say, ‘buy the best you can afford’. Not the most expensive, but the best value and the best quality. Have good things, but don’t go into debt for it either.
3. What do you do to relax?
My first career was a librarian so I love to read. I still remember getting my first library book when I was a little girl. It was The Cat in the Hat of course.
4. What is one thing you would struggle to quit?
My books and also cooking. My partner says I am a good cook. Having just been in Spain, my favourite dish is a good paella.
5. What do you wish you knew when you were younger?
I wish I knew how wonderful travel could be. I would have put more money aside to travel more. When I was 25 I backpacked through Southeast Asia with a girlfriend. I saw Bali when it was still Bali, not what it is now.
6. What is the worst injury you’ve had and how did it happen?
I am incredibly lucky, I have never had a major accident. But I have a really weak right ankle and I have rolled it a number of times. The most embarrassing time was when I rolled it in a busy street in Paris.
7. What would your friends say is your worst habit?
My partner would say I am stubborn and opinionated There is absolutely an element of truth to that.
8. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?
In my early 40s I was living on my own in Victoria and I had an epileptic fit out of the blue. My sister lived in Dubbo and she dropped everything to come and look after me. That was incredibly kind and very selfless.
9. If you could write a new law, what would it be?
To make voluntary assisted dying legal in Queensland. If you have an animal that is suffering you put them out of pain. We should be able to make that decision for ourselves. A lot of people are in agony, I should be able to make that choice.
10. What do you do when you have 30 minutes free?
I play on social media, which is kind of work. But I love to hop in the pool and then sit in the sun and read my book.
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