Reflections in Retirement by Bill Storie

Reflections in Retirement by Bill Storie

In the 1950’s, the average retirement was 8 years. Today it is more like 20 years plus.

Is it any wonder therefore that because we were brought up with our parents and grandparents knowing that their retirement years would be relatively short-lived that their looking forward to retirement was more of a depression issue than a happy event?

Were we influenced by that?

As we were approaching our retirement years were we thinking back to when we listened to parents and grandparents discuss their retirement, and did that implant a belief in our minds that retirement was not something to get excited about at all?

In other words, do we carry pre-conceived worries about entering the retirement phase of our life?

The fact is that retirement these days is so dramatically different from our parents and grandparents that maybe we struggle trying to get our heads around the fact that we have many years to live and if we are wondering about how we will “fill the day” then our wondering may last for a very long time.

This whole new phase of our life :

“The Third Journey” as we call it – and our new Book will be out in the next few weeks !!!

(It will be on Amazon so look out for it soon)

The belief back in the 50s was that if the retiree had one good shot at an around the world trip that would be all they’d manage to accomplish. These days, retirees can do such a trip every five years if they wish and still never see everything. There’s a lot of world out there to see.

But there’s more.

Our entire attitude to retirement these days has moved from rest and relaxation to a brand-new mission-focused approach. Retirees today want to do “stuff”. We want to try new things. Maybe we do want to meet new people, or see new places, but the ability to “please ourselves” has never been so evident. That is not a selfish statement, not at all. We have the knowledge, the time and hopefully the money to identify adventures that give us satisfaction.

The advent of the online world has opened up incredible new vistas for us. In a click-flick of the mouse we can read newspapers ; to watch documentaries ; to watch self-help videos ; to speak to other people around the world ; to learn how to do this or that. In the past, we had to rely on our imagination to come up with new ideas, but nowadays we can be shown thousands of new things in seconds.

For any retiree to say they don’t know what to do with their time means they are asleep at the wheel.

One of the most popular phrases we see time and time again in our Olderhood networks is “Yes, I can”

Gone are the days, for most people of giving in to old age and frailty and penny-watching. Millions of Oldsters are defying long-held notions about the golden years. They are just standing up and saying, “I’m going to learn to play guitar,” for example. They have thrown off the shackles of “days left to the end” and have adopted the “who cares how long to the end, I’m going to enjoy myself now.”

That’s a great approach, don’t you think?

Don’t live in the past, you don’t belong there anymore.

By Bill Storie



2 responses to “Reflections in Retirement by Bill Storie

  1. I think your post doesn’t reflect what the typical retiree experiences. Learn to play an instrument, learn another language, do hobbies, volunteer, etc. This is the cookie cutter stuff all over retirement blogs. The truth is that if you weren’t interested in those things before you retired, it is unlikely you will do so in retirement. Retirement is tough, but one cannot work forever. I would like to read more about what most typical retirees actually do. If retirement is so grand, why are there so many books and blogs about how to adjust to retirement and how to make the most of retirement. Yes, I am retired and regret taking that step. In fact, after being retired for a year, I actually went back to work for two years, but it was not the same enjoyment as my real career, so I am back in retirement mode, but looking for another job. Lost in retirement!

    • Thank you for your feedback. While I appreciate that you do not relate to the suggestions in this article, it is proven that those who set new goals and challenges for themselves in retirement do lead the happiest and longest lives. For lots of people, this is through some form of work, whether this is paid employment or a volunteer endeavour. You might ask yourself how you could start your own business or volunteer your services until the type of work you are craving comes along. In my experience the busier you are, the better.

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