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2013-07-17 Desmond Tutu

You’ll probably notice, in just about every article I write, that I am excited about what lies ahead for me in retirement.  My goal in writing this blog, and my hope for you, is that the information and commentary I provide will help you look towards your retirement more enthusiastically.

I have been looking forward to retirement for a long time.  That’s because I have a long list of things I wish I had more time to do – things I would really like to do with my life – if it weren’t for the fact that so many of my waking hours are taken up by my job.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m grateful for my job.  I work for a company that is creating amazing products that have changed, and will continue to change, the world.  They offer great pay and great benefits, and I work with many wonderful people.  I live a nice, comfortable life because of all that.

But it’s not what I really want to do.  It’s not what I’m passionate about.

I look forward to retirement because I envision it as a period of many years in which I can spend my time doing what I want – not what my employer wants.

Over the past few years, as my retirement grows closer, I’ve become an information sponge.  I read books, magazines, web sites, and anything else I can find that talks about planning for a successful retirement.

I realize that most people aren’t going to immerse themselves in learning about retirement to the extent that I have, so in this blog, I’ll pass along all the useful bits of knowledge and wisdom I come across so that you don’t have to.

I have found that 95% of all the information out there is about financial planning for retirement.  And it’s true that we should all be saving money for retirement.

But most information sources stop with that, as if to imply that having sufficient funds is all that is required to have a happy retirement.  We all know that money does not necessarily result in happiness during our work lives, so why are we to think that having enough money to fund retirement will result in a happy retirement?

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2013-07-14 Simone de Beauvoir

I’m convinced that for many people, their retirement years end up being a lot like the preconceived notions of retirement that they held during their working years.

If you look forward to your retirement years as being vibrant, fulfilling, and happy – they will be. 

If you think retirement will be dull, boring, and beset with declining health – it probably will be.

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