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For the past six months or so I’ve been contemplating retiring from my part-time job as a hotel social media and communications assistant. Everyone said that I had the dream job. I worked from home with flexible hours, my work was interesting and varied and I worked with a great bunch of women. But something suddenly changed inside me and I started to think about all the other things I could be doing rather than working. But don’t worry I have a plan and this brought me to creating my own meme – I plan to live, not retire!
Although a couple of my friends suggested I may be bored if I don’t work, many others said “good for you”. It has been 44 years of almost continuous work for me and I guess you could say that I’m tired. As I get older I find it harder to keep up with ever changing technology and innovations that are required to keep across everything. I no longer tolerate people very well – particularly when some of them are idiots! So thoughts starting entering my head, like “why am I doing this?” and “do I really need to work?”
This past year has been huge for me. I’ve sold a house, moved and rented for six months and had a new house built in a new town, then moved into this new house. I’ve got my very first grandchild being born in approximately four weeks time. I’ve had ongoing issues with bursitis and tendonitis in my hip/buttock area. I’ve realised that I need to put me and my health first for a change, instead of constantly worrying about getting my work completed.
The word “retirement” immediately brings out assumptions. People think you’re retiring due to old age, poor health, to access the old age pension or just to kick back and do nothing at all! However this could not be more inaccurate in my case. I have a plan to live, not retire!
These are some of things I’m planning to do:
I’ve witnessed many retired people not living a meaningful life. Many become sedentary, withdrawn from social activities and think they’ll have plenty to do poking around at home. Others spend all their time juggling investments, home loan options and the like. They become frightened to spend any money as they think their savings or super will run out and basically become old before their time. I also see many that turn into on-call babysitters for grandchildren or full time carers for their elderly parents.
I understand that it’s a personal choice but it makes me wonder why more retirees aren’t kicking their heels up. After the many personal sacrifices they have made working for a living and raising their children you would think that they’d embrace time for themselves? Time for travel, seeking out new hobbies or interests, making their health a big priority and spending the kid’s inheritance!
Mental health is also extremely important once we retire. If you’re feeling down and despondent I recommend that you seek counselling. BetterHelp.com offers professional online counselling that is accessible, affordable, convenient – so anyone who is struggling with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere.
I believe that we deserve to indulge ourselves once we retire. Life is far too short to play the waiting game and use excuses not to live our best lives. It’s time to free yourself up from family comittments, shake off debt and mortgages, downsize your home or move to your dream location and pursue those things that you’ve always dreamt of.
Many retirees purchase a caravan or camperhome and embark on a trip around Australia. Others embrace the cruising life and set off on holidays aboard big cruise ships. Then there are some very adventurous types who plan their own travel itineraries and set off to see the world. Whatever type you are, there is nothing more rewarding than travel in retirement.
My travel plans in retirement include:
I think this quote sums it all up:
“Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of the open highway.”
What are your plans for retirement?
For more reading on healthy ageing read this article Life habits for different decades in your life
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy 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, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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