Amongst my group of friends, who are mainly in the over 60s age group, there is a lot of talk about retirement. To be honest most of the men are already retired, whereas some of the women still work part-time. Up until recently I worked part-time in addition to writing my blog and doing some freelance writing work. After turning the milestone age of 60 I am beginning to question when is the right time for retirement?
Most of my friends and myself have worked part-time over the years and we often discussed whether we wanted to continue to work into our sixties. Our main problem is what do we do with ourselves once we do retire? We can’t go shopping everyday (or we would pretty soon run out of retirement funds!) We don’t want to turn into one of those ‘gym junkie’, bottled water-sipping, lycra-clad women who spend everyday working out at the gym. We don’t feel like taking up knitting, cross stitch or sudoku either!
My memory of my retired grandparents was that they grew roses in their garden, went fishing or sat around on their recliners watching daytime TV drinking copious amounts of tea! In other words they were fairly sedentary. During a recent visit to my Dad’s house I noticed that he has very wisely replaced the cups of tea with a drop of port! His philosophy is that at his age “it aint gonna kill him”.
I also notice that my mother does a lot of knitting, jigsaw puzzles and sudokus. I often ask her why doesn’t she go and play cards or bingo with other senior citizens. Her very prickly reply to that is “there are too many old people at those places”. Well I guess when I get to her age I’ll be in denial as well!
These days people at 65 years of age (legal retirement age), are comparatively younger than people of the previous generation. I’m sure you’ve heard that 60 is the new 50 and so on. Mostly people in this age group have better health than their parents and keep fit and active rather than sitting around. Hence they are spending their retirement travelling and taking up new sports or hobbies.
So the question still looms, what do we do with ourselves once we retire? I think the answer to that is keep doing what we already do (apart from going to work!) If you really miss work start up a small on-line business, get a cushy little job a couple of days a week or do some voluntary work. Schools are always looking for people to help students with their reading and hospitals like volunteers to help with patients.
Here are some other ideas:
Retirement is something that we all vie for as we get older, however from what I’ve seen first hand is that it sometimes comes at a cost of retaining our sense of usefulness and industriousness. I have seen many retired people become bored, lonely and even depressed. So my advice is to give retirement careful consideration, particularly before the age of 60.
What are your thoughts about retirement? Do you feel that people are retiring too soon?
For more great articles on retirement and planning for retirement read Jan & Rowan’s blog: Retiring Not Shy
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:
Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!