I like the word “retirement.” I always have, because the more I plan for and anticipate my retirement, the more optimistic about it I get.
Don’t get me wrong, it won’t be a panacea, any more than everyday life during our working years is. There will be good days, bad days, and average days. Good things will happen, bad things will happen, and sometimes it will seem like nothing is happening.
More than anything else, I am going to cherish my freedom, which will be there no matter what kind of day I might be having.
But the word “retirement” carries baggage for many people. For many people, “retirement” screams “has-been.”
Many people visualize retirement as those sad last few years of life, when your health deteriorates, you have little money, nothing to do, no reason to live, and you ultimately move into an assisted living or nursing home and die. Most of the people you see are doctors and caregivers, and your primary mode of transportation is a motorized wheelchair.
People of this mindset would rather not think about their retirement at all.
Others have a hard time believing they will ever retire at all, probably because they believe they’ll never be able to save enough money. To them, retirement is a cruel joke; it seems like that luxury item in the store window that they will never have.
One of the main reasons I write this blog is to encourage people in either of the latter categories to visualize their retirement in a more optimistic, possibility-filled light.
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