July 6, 2011 — The purpose of this article is to generate discussion in the Comments section about the good… and the bad things about retirement. Everyone is encouraged to contribute their thoughts about what retirement means to them, both the great stuff and the not so great. If you are not retired yet, what are your concerns and hopes? The more thoughtful comments the better, we will all be able to learn from our mutual experiences.
Your editor will start it off:
Freedom. I just love being able to act on invitations – without the guilt and without having to say no. Just last week I was invited on and was able to take a fabulous sailing trip from Bermuda to Long Island that would have been hard to pull off in my working days. The same goes for appointments and family visits. Frankly, I don’t know how anyone can work on a schedule, we’ve got too many outside activities!
Options. This is related to freedom. But there are more options for volunteer work, sports, hobbies, new career opportunities. When you have a job you are locked down into a certain path – retirement gives you options to choose from.
Time. Life doesn’t quite so frenetic these days. The pressure of having to rush every job or leisure activity wasn’t as much fun as being able to take a little extra time and enjoy.
On the negative side:
No paycheck. It is hard getting used to the fact that a paycheck isn’t magically deposited into our accounts every 2 weeks. If money is going to come in, we’ve got to figure out a way to bring it in.
Health and Age Problems. Of course if you retire early enough, maybe you won’t have any health or aging issues for a while. But the bad news for most of us is that some humbling ailments start to creep in, requiring doctor’s visits and attention. It’s not necessarily a retirement problem, but it just seems to come with the age.
Small World Department. If we’re not careful, our worlds can become very small. We must be vigilant to stay open to the world and not get small-minded (or worse, grouchy!)
What do you think?
Your fellow Topretirements members are counting on you to share your thoughts about the bests and worsts about retirement. If you have a story, we want to hear it in the Comments section below! Thanks