Roald Dahl Day
Today is Roald Dahl Day, a worldwide celebration of Dahl's much-adored books. While most of us are familiar with the stories of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG and many more. Less well known is the story of Dahl's own life. Born in 1916 in Cardiff to Norweigan parents, Dahl had an extraordinary life. Joining the RAF in East Africa, WWII saw Dahl involved in combat in Africa, the Middle East and finally the Mediterranean. Despite crashing in Egypt and temporarily losing his sight, he was successful in becoming a flying ace.
Dahl never let up, becoming an instructor when he could no longer fight himself. Roald Dahl impressed Lord Balfour with his war record and rhetorical powers, leading to a new career as a diplomat in the British Embassy in Washington. Dahl worked alongside James Bond creator Ian Fleming, fittingly becoming a spy himself. In Dahl's own words: “My job was to try to help Winston to get on with FDR, and tell Winston what was in the old boy's mind.” The Bond connection doesn't end there as he would later write the screenplay for You Only Live Twice.
Roald Dahl lead an incredible life across a number of countries and careers. Today we are choosing to move between jobs and locations more than ever. With the average person changing job 12 times in their career, we need to keep track of all our past pension schemes. It is worth sitting down and going through each job you've had in your career and trying to match any pension information with it. It's also important to update your pension scheme with any changes of address and contact details. Further, when your circumstances such as marriage or divorce change, it's important to update your expression of wish forms. This way you can ensure that if the worst were to happen, your pension savings will go to the right place.
In the meantime I leave with you with this quote from the man himself: “I began to realise how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it.”