Saturday, August 20, 2016

Debt. Shoes. Work. Retirement.

Debt. Shoes. Work. Retirement.

What do these words mean to you? How do they make you feel?

Further to my When Is Enough enough? 6 Simple Ideas to set you Free  post, I've been talking to people about these words. For those of us of a certain age, we are prone to reflection of the years that have passed. Good years of raising children (although most of us were poor), decades of putting together a nest egg of sorts, and now conversations of decision making time.

I have more friends who are retired now than those who are still working. Some of course, had the "we're retiring you" thrust upon them. We are a new generation, unlike most of our parents who seemed to have more authority over their last day of work.

Businesses are downsizing or closing, and some of us are not ready to close our office doors. We have dreams as yet unfulfilled, we have suitcases always ready to go, we are active and fit and eager to continue.

But to what end? Our bank balances are healthy, my cohort were raised to pay off mortgages, we like nice things, and often have pairs of shoes in the closet that we have forgotten about. Retirement savings, well, for some of us who did without, we now have something to do retirement with.

And then there's work.

Someone asked me the other day how much money did I think a person needs to retire. Because we are all different, I am guessing that we each have a different answer. What I do know is that having a specific amount of money in the bank does not guarantee anything, including happiness in retirement.

Let's set our goals on our physical and mental health, relationships that feed our souls, the enthusiasm to pursue something new and the energy to be the best we can be. No matter what our age is.

Assuming that we get to choose our last work day. Let's do it as the next adventure of our lives.

I'm told that you'll know when it's time to retire. (Click to Tweet)

Let retirement be your next greatest adventure. (Click to Tweet)

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