Is retirement a dirty word?
Retirement should mean different things to different people.
Some should not retire at all. Shocking though it may sound.
There are those who commence a whole new phase of life in retirement years which brings greater pleasure than in working life. Others enjoy a blended and transitional approach over a few years, which sees work happen in a part time capacity whilst other interests are given time to blossom. Then there are those who attain financial freedom earlier than most, who have the potential challenge of reinventing themselves as younger people.
People work several years for financial freedom, yet some don’t think closely enough about what happens when they get there, from a lifestyle perspective. I encourage you to consider both.
A subset of those who enter the retirement phase do so without enough to do, and potentially experience a level of depression, given the active and full life they once had is no longer.
What do you love doing? What lights you up and makes you feel alive?
When you ‘retire’ will you be giving some of that up? Are you ‘retiring’ from your ‘purpose’ in life? How are you reinventing yourself?
Day to day, week to week, imagine what the ideal lifestyle scenario looks like once you have financial freedom. Are you being realistic with this picture? Many talk about taking up new hobbies in retirement but be clear that if you aren’t already making time for this now, past research suggests that many will not get around to actually taking up new hobbies in retirement. So, are you painting a realistic future picture in your mind’s eye?
One of the most successful businessman I know will not retire at all and not for lack of money. In his own words he cares about two things: his family and his business. He doesn’t have hobbies. He loves the thrill of bringing in business and connecting with people. So why would he give that up just because he has enough money for more than a few lifetimes?
That is his story.
However, everyone is different.
That is entirely the point.
Design your own life and lifestyle so it fulfils you, makes you happy and gives you more life energy. Do this alongside attaining financial freedom and you will be truly blessed.
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