What Does a Satisfying Retirement Mean to You? by Bob Lowry

What Does a Satisfying Retirement Mean to You? by Bob Lowry

One thing has become abundantly clear in the eight years this blog has been published: there is no one answer to what a satisfying retirement looks like. What may have been a satisfactory answer just a few years ago, may no longer apply. The retirement landscape is continually shifting under our feet.

Even the idea of traditional retirement age is in flux. You have probably read the same headlines that I have: the “new” retirement age is 70, or 80, or not at all. At the same time, the Internet is filled with examples of folks who aim to retire at 40, or even 30. Retiring before a typical career has even begun seems to be the goal.

I guess we can conclude that retirement is a fluid idea and one defined by the person experiencing it, which is the point of this post.

I’m pretty sure that all of us enjoy reading how others have done something: tackling a problem, making a decision about medical care, deciding where to live, hiring a personal trainer (!)…almost anything open to individual responses and decisions.

At least for me, I learn something every time a comment presents a new way of living, a different approach to something, or a fresh interpretation of what satisfies someone.

So, here is your chance to help us all. What does a satisfying retirement mean to you?

  1. How do you define a lifestyle that is satisfying?
  2. How have you changed your view on this issue over the last few years?
  3. Is retirement still a valid concept?
  4. What is the difference between a satisfying retirement and just being retired?
  5. Can a satisfying retirement include going back to work, either full or part time?
  6. If you have not retired yet, do you still believe you will be able to and be happy?

OK, your turn. Please don’t feel compelled to answer all these questions, just the ones that mean the most to you. I am not going to answer from my perspective at this time, though I may take your comments and turn them into follow-up posts. I really want to get a sense for how you are mentally handling the re-positioning of retirement. What leads you to believe that you can craft a retirement that is satisfying?

I get a strong sense that a majority are comfortable in where their life is at the moment. But, that doesn’t include everyone, and it certainly doesn’t mean a retirement that looks anything like the one your parents lived.

Fire away…and fill the page!

By Bob Lowry

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