"The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off."
--- Abe Lemons
I was talking with a friend the other day, (all good stories begin this way), and he was telling me about his retirement plans. I'm happy for him and glad he has recreational goals, but we differ in our beliefs. I've never believed in retirement. Oh, I think that we all slow down as we age, and perhaps cut back on work, but the thought of not working and contributing to something using my skills and abilities never appealed to me. I know that many people favor a look toward never having to work again and sipping cool umbrella drinks by the seashore. I'm going to do that too...and then go back to work.
Planning financially for the golden years is very wise, but to keep keeping on during the golden years by providing a service of some type to somebody is very healthy. According to experts on aging, those that sit in front of the tube everyday beginning at age 65, don't seem to last as long as those who stay busy using their physical and mental abilities to help others. Whether they do it for income or not isn't as important as staying active.
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."
Work has its benefits. Your business is providing a service to society in one way or another. You are providing jobs, creating or delivering something to customers, helping the local economy, contributing to the community, and producing a product or service that feeds the families of your vendors and suppliers.
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it."
--- Steve Jobs
Companies in the financial market create mushy commercials about how great retirement will be by showing a healthy couple fishing in a lake or cruising in a boat. These ads entice people to put an end date on the calendar when they will stop working and start fishing or cruising, even if they hate both.
The idea is to see retirement as better than work. But at the risk of being stoned for saying so, what is wrong with work? Work is what built your business and provided for your family. Again, cutting back is expected as we age, but stop working?
"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored."
--- Earl Nightingale
Just for a change of pace, let's begin savoring the now and put the notion of retirement on the back burner. Regardless of age, let's keep truckin' and not put an end date on our lives. There will always be recreation times and time for skipping rocks on the lake like they do in those commercials.
For me, I will work till death. It will be meaningful and productive. Not bashing retirees, just decided to embrace what I like doing, work, and doing it to the best of my ability.
"Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues."
--- Abigail Adams
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