What is it about the word "retiring" that makes people think I said "dying?" Merriam-Webster defines retired as "withdrawn from one's position or occupation : having concluded one's working or professional career." It defines dead as "deprived of life : no longer alive." Not even close!
But even [if] I were to have all the comforts and security of pension fund, I doubt if I would ever retire. My agitated mind would unlikely to let my body do nothing. Despite various convincing comments by readers, I would still agree with LKY that ‘ Retirement for me is indeed a Death’.
We often dream about all the things we'll do once we retire. What we don't think about is how much we'll hate it.
In the article, "Dave's" company was acquired and he was able to retire at the young age of 48. After 6 months Dave was miserable!
One day, a deliveryman came over to drop off a package. Dave's house was his last stop for the day, so Dave asked him in. Over a cup of coffee, the two engaged in what became a fascinating discussion. The courier surprised Dave with his keen insight into current global problems and his grasp of complex economic issues.
"What a neat conversation," Dave later thought. "In fact, that conversation was so much fun, it was the highlight of my week!"
It was a revelation. When my friend looked in the mirror that afternoon, he saw the face of a guy who had been watching reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond on TV. For fun, he was playing mediocre golf and listening to old men at the country club repeat the same old war stories about what they used to do. He asked himself, "Did I just say the highlight of my week was bullshitting with the delivery guy about the world's problems?"
Within two weeks, Dave had a new job. He realized that retirement, or even thinking and planning for retirement, isn't all that it may seem to be.
I have run across many other bloggers for whom retirement seems distasteful: "who wants to play golf all the time?", "who wants to watch TV all day?", " who wants to sit around doing nothing?" Well certainly not me!
Could Dave really not think of ANYTHING else to do with his time besides watch Everybody Loves Raymond or go back to work? Can the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore not think of any alternative to work other than dying? And why would your "agitated mind" need to let your body do NOTHING?
Now I would generally agree with Minerva at the Retirement Merry Go Round that it's not my place to try and tell others how to live out their retirement years. But I'm going to go out on a limb here: Don't watch TV all day, don't sit around doing nothing, and by all means don't, under any circumstance, even think about playing golf (well, that's just me). Go live your life; I'm sure you can find one if you try!