Next Stop Retirement

Next Stop Retirement



Next Stop Retirement
It seems almost absurd for baby boomers to​ think about retirement as​ the next stop in​ their long and eventful lives. But the absurd has become a​ reality. as​ the baby boomer generation moves into their mid fifties and sixties, that specter of​ retirement looms ever closer. So it’s natural and appropriate to​ sit back and review exactly what that means to​ each of​ us.
For many, the traditional attitude toward retirement has been one of​ joy. The concept of​ laying down your worries and bringing your work life to​ a​ comfortable end is​ something to​ look forward to. The image of​ a​ life of​ sleeping late, golfing as​ much as​ you wish, taking up two or​ three hobbies and living a​ life of​ leisure is​ an idyllic vision in​ our minds for sure.
But the reality of​ retirement can also be a​ source of​ anxiety and fear. if​ the baby boomer who approaches that threshold is​ not financially prepared or​ the affairs and concerns of​ their work lives are not ready to​ be set aside, the idea of​ having go retire simply due to​ age seems to​ be a​ harsh and an unpleasant prospect. in​ both of​ these visions of​ a​ future retirement, we are probably working under as​ much myth as​ we are reality about what it​ will be like to​ retire. But one thing baby boomers are good at​ is​ debunking myths and defying conventional wisdom and defining each era of​ their lives in​ their own terms.
We can expect the same as​ baby boomers move into retirement. This is​ a​ generation that did not have the benefit of​ employers who were loyal to​ employees and kept the same staff from college through their retirement party and from whom they could expect a​ hefty retirement package. But boomers are not the kind of​ generation that lets things sneak up on them. Working with such excellent organizations as​ AARP, there are resources and options baby boomers can tap into to​ create a​ secure financial future despite the lack of​ participation by past employers.
But as​ with all other phases of​ life however, financial security is​ not what makes life worthwhile all by itself. and as​ baby boomers see retirement coming at​ their next stop, another myth that has to​ go is​ that retirement is​ the end of​ the productive part of​ life. This image of​ living a​ life of​ leisure, never working and letting others take care of​ us is​ not necessarily a​ healthy approach to​ retirement any more than it​ would be at​ any other phase of​ life.
Human beings are at​ their best when they are useful, creative, productive and pursuing a​ dream. it​ has been shown time and time again that when a​ senior citizen can no longer be part of​ something larger than themselves and see themselves as​ productive in​ life, their will to​ live declines with the inevitable result of​ an end of​ life that is​ earlier than it​ has to​ be. So the financial demand that some baby boomers face that they may have to​ work on into what is​ considered to​ be the retirement years may have a​ hidden blessing of​ extending their lives in​ a​ healthy way because these will the baby boomers who know they must stay fit and active because, just like always, they have to​ get up and go to​ work.
For those who do lay down their labors at​ retirement age, second careers are often a​ great way for aging baby boomers to​ not only create a​ second revenue stream but to​ pursue a​ career path that had always been a​ dream in​ life. Another alternative as​ well for staying active and useful in​ retirement is​ to​ become passionate about a​ cause in​ life that has always been important to​ you.
Baby boomers have always been a​ people driven by causes. So what better way for baby boomers to​ use their retirement than to​ become activists to​ make a​ difference in​ the world, just as​ they did in​ youth when they did so much to​ make a​ difference? The world will be a​ better place for their involvement and the retired baby boomer will live a​ happier senior life as​ well.




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