Retirement. Its a word I’ve been hearing a lot lately, particularly since a large chunk of my coworkers have either left recently or will be leaving very soon. They just love to bring it up:
Them: “Yep, I’m retiring next week/next month/sometime in the very near future”
Me: “Wow, how nice for you.” (While I’m thinking in my head ‘You smug lucky bastard’!)
But then I see some others-easily pushing 70 or 80+-who are still working here! Its not a matter of not being able to afford to retire, they should have a good government pension saved up, its just they are so commited and/or love their jobs so much, that they just can’t picture themselves doing anything else.
Wow! Is all I gotta say, because I can think of a million things I’d rather be doing!
I’m considering even retiring early, but that will take some extra planning and consideration on my part and I guess we’ll see how things go. I’ve still got lots of time to think about it.
What about you? Are you close to retirement? How long would you like to keep working? Do you think giving up steady employment to retire early(ie. age of say 50) to pursue one’s dreams is too risky or possibly very worthwhile?