Whether you worked for a long time or just a few years, you finally made it! You are retired, financially independent or just plain lucky. The fortunate few that no longer have to work for a living are not sitting around just getting old. What are they doing?
Financial freedom means different things to people. For some, it means not having to work for a living. Many retirees are busy doing leisure activities such as traveling, sports, entertainment, etc. Some are continuing doing volunteering, part time work or just spending time with their family. Still others may be doing activities that they did not have an opportunity to do when they were working. For example, George H W Bush went skydiving at 80 years old. They are busy spending money, time and actively engaged in life.
Alright you worked for a lot of your adult life and now you are retired. Do you just sit around and watch TV? I am sure some do, but most do not! Some retired after years in the work world and others retired early because they chose to or were forced to. Many need to supplement their retirement and others just want to stay busy. In either case, retirement does not look like anything we have seen before. Even if they are older, they are active.
Ii remember seeing my mother in her eighties referring to “older” people as being old. She had that opinion because she was so active. She chose to work well into her eighties teaching arts and craft to senior citizens. She was not alone; many of her colleagues were a similar age. The old people she referred to were in a retirement home. They were there because they could no longer take care of themselves. This means they can no longer cook, shower by themselves or need some supervision. They were still active in every other way.
These active seniors are not just limited to the United States. I saw many seniors riding bikes in Europe, skiing, running, participating in life to their fullest. The days of putting retired people out to pasture are over. Many seniors are still working in a field other than their careers. They volunteer with various non-profits, busy with their grand-children and travel all over the world. A number of years ago, my wife and I went on a cruise and we were the youngest people on the ship. Many of those seniors out walked us on some of the tours and we are in good shape! Is this true of everyone who reaches 60 years old? No!
More people are active in their retirement than ever before. There are many people who reached retirement age and are sick. They are able to live longer, but they are on oxygen, have heart ailments or maybe cancer. They remain active because of new medical treatments, medicine or maybe it is just a strong will. Whatever the reason, they live active happy lives. There is a lesson here, if you retire at a younger age, get engaged in a active lifestyle. Better yet, don’t wait till you are in your 40s, 50s, or 60s to become active.
Some older people have gone wild, although you probably won’t notice them. They are with other older people in communities, retirement homes or bridge clubs or at a senior center. They are taking lessons in skydiving, flying, learning a new language, playing the piano, learning technology, exercising in the park, going on a gambling trip to Las Vegas, Atlantic City or Casino. In other words, there everywhere and always doing something! They are actively involved in life. What are you doing? What do you think your retirement will be like? What are you waiting for?
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