How does a person know when to retire? Do they pick an age that sounds good? Do they wait until they’re too tired or too ill to work anymore? Do they hold off until they have enough money in their retirement fund?
Recently, I was having this conversation with someone and had to admit that the idea of retiring seems very unnatural to me. A person works practically their entire life and then one day just stops working. It my mind, that’s like hitting a wall while traveling at full speed.
It’s quite unnerving.
The idea of trading a job in for relaxing, hobbies, traveling, reading books and working in the garden sounds wonderful, but what a drastic change that would be.
From childhood, we are taught to work (well, most of us are), to financially support ourselves and to do our little part in helping the world go round. To stop doing that goes against everything that we’ve been taught.
Sure, I’d love to spend my final 20-30 years of life traveling and enjoying the world around me. But, if at age 70 I still have plenty of energy, it would be very difficult for me to make the decision to retire. Then, if I did, would I feel comfortable with that decision?
With all this said, I firmly believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to retire and should, whenever the time is right for them.
If you’ve already retired or plan to in the future, what are your deciding factors? Age? Finances? Personal desires? All of the above?
Also, if you’ve retired, was it easier or more difficult than you thought it would be?
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