When you can afford to not work all day, every day, the real prize is not the leisure. It’s the chance to begin again in a direction that reflects who you’ve become.”
Work is an essential part of feeling productive as a human being. For many, retirement means the end of permanent employment, and often (not always!) with this end comes a loss of self-esteem and connection with others. So, ceasing work means you are giving up a lot more than a paycheque and demanding schedule. Consider how you are going to feel fulfilled in this life area following retirement – the euphoria of simply not having to clock in any longer may soon wear off.
RetiremeantTM offers you the ideal opportunity for structuring your life moving forward. You do not necessarily have to stop working; you may need to continue earning an income, or may just choose to work because you love what you do, or want to help others.
Explore the possibility of living and working differently. This could mean full-time or part-time work, consulting, volunteering or pursuing something completely new altogether. The goal should be to fit work into life, rather than continuing to squeeze life into work.
Work can be defined as a meaningful and productive engagement, and we can collect either a monetary or an emotional pay-off – or both. But whether you are getting paid or not, you need to feel that you are still useful and relevant.