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Retirement 101

Posted June 28, 2008 by jim young in Lifestyle

– jim young

All revved up with no place to go.
                       – Jim Steinman

I was thinking about retiring.

That doesn’t mean that I am going to be retiring anytime in the near future.

I was just thinking about it.

Because – you know – some day I’d like to be able to retire. And I was just wondering what it would be like? Do I need to prepare for retirement mentally in any way?

A few years ago I had the opportunity to take about a year and a half off work but I knew that it was only a temporary hiatus so that doesn’t really count.

I think there are 2 basic types of people that retire. Those that know how to retire and those that die very shortly after retiring.

I want to make sure I’m in the first group.

I remember when my died retired. I had him pegged for the second group but he surprised me.

Dad owned and operated his own grocery business (along with his brother) all his life and even on his days off when the store was closed (remember the days before Sunday shopping?) Dad would go in to check on the coolers and make sure that everything was running okay.

When they sold the store and Dad retired I remember how he seemed to wander around the house aimlessly – particularly on Sundays. It was as if he knew he should be doing something but couldn’t remember just what it was.

A few years later, Dad took on a part time job as a security officer so although Dad didn’t fall into the second group – maybe he didn’t really qualify to be in the first group either.

I would think that how you approach retirement might also be determined by how much or how little you liked your job too.

Some people are fortunate to have jobs that are so much fun they look forward to getting up every day and going to work. These are the people that we all think are nuts when they reach retirement age and although they are financially secure, they continue to work – just for the fun of it.

Others go to work just to pay the bills and hate every working minute of it. And that’s sad really. If you worked from the age of 20 to 65 that’s over 9 years of hating your life. What a waste!

But I think the majority of people fall in between those 2 extremes. Working for a living wouldn’t be their first choice – but their job doesn’t really suck either. At least not all the time.

So for those of you that have retired, I’d like to hear from you.

Whether this is your first year of retirement or you’re an old pro at it let me know what retirement’s been like for you. What pitfalls do I need to be wary of and what can I look forward to? What adjustments will I have to make? How long does it take to actually get into retirement mode after working for so many years?

Of course since we won’t be hearing from the second group (those that die shortly after they retire) the comments may be a little one sided. But perhaps if you include as much background as you can (ie: How much did you like your job? Was your retirement voluntary or forced by circumstance? Did you retire early or late? Etc) than maybe we can also determine by process of elimination, what the second group did wrong.

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