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Over the last year or so I’ve been struggling to focus on the subject of retirement. There’s a part of me that has never accepted the concept of a non-working life. Perhaps it’s a ghostly reminder of my father’s depression era mantra that “you should be happy that you have a job”. Retirement (and apologies to my friends happily in retirement now) is for old people, dammit! There’s also the conundrum of being retired and having the time to do all those things you can’t do now BUT, not having an income, being unable to afford such things.

Could I really survive with tons of free time? You have to understand that when I’m on vacation, I tend to go stir crazy after two weeks. I need to be productive, even if it’s pushing papers from one side of my desk to the other. What about part time? Well, my field doesn’t lend itself to such things, certainly not in my current assignment.

On the other side of the coin, I’m tired of the work grind. There’s a painful sameness about each day and a remarkable lack of ‘new’ in what I do. Am I going, one day, to keel over at my desk and alert the world that I’m gone from the stack of “you’re late submitting….” Emails? It’s an answer, that’s for sure.

We’ll also push aside considerations of whether or not I can afford to retire. Other than the observation that it sounds amazingly silly that retirement should have such a profound economic impact.

So, the circle of thoughts goes round and round with seemingly no end in sight. There’s got to be something funny in all of this...

Date: 2010-10-23 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fuzzygruf.livejournal.com
You could think of the positive. What kind of activities would keep you from going stir-crazy in Palm Springs?

Date: 2010-10-23 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] billeyler.livejournal.com
Rick, you must be missing something. Unless you're completely unlike most everyone I know that's retired, there is a lack of free time for them as there is when you're working. Nature abhors a vacuum, and even though you have the leisure to pick and choose your activities, I sincerely doubt you'll be sitting in front of the TV all day watching "I Love Lucy" reruns.

Date: 2010-10-23 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abqdan.livejournal.com
First question is - can you afford to retire? If you can meet your day-to-day needs from savings/pensions or whatever, the next question is - what do you WANT to do?

In my case, I enjoyed a few months off, but then decided to re-train in massage therapy - not because I expect to build a career in that field, but because the course looked interesting, and it meshed with other interests, like my mid-life career in nursing.

The key here is that you can do something fun and interesting if you don't need to actually live off the income from it. That's my definition of retirement. I don't think many people will in the future opt for reading a library book from their rocker on the front porch...

If you can, go for it!

Date: 2010-10-24 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] double-ohsteven.livejournal.com
I've been retired now for almost 8 years. I love it. The best thing is there is no 'boss' to answer to. (Except for Gary of course). I sometimes take courses at City College, joined a book club, enjoyed square dancing (until recently) and
travelled, went to museums when the crowds were smaller, starbears every day, shopping and cooking, I really enjoy cooking. You always meet new folks and share interests. It's the best thing since sliced bread! (Of course I'm not old
enough to remember the invention of sliced bread , but oh well!)

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