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Retirement Should Be Retired

Twain’s “The reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated” come to mind, as it pertains to reports of my retirement. Nope. Not retired.

The truth is I’m too young to be retired. Way too young. Plus, I have no interest in being retired. Ever.

However, it is also true that after 14 years, as of Labor Day 2012, I no longer work for a national investment company. I chose to fire myself. While there were some very serious issues that prompted the actual free-flight out the side door and the hard yank on the ripcord, this decision seemed to be inevitable for many months. The work was still enjoyable enough, and the leadership skills (13 of the 14 years) were as sharp as ever. But the passion had been diminishing for a long time. Too long a time.

Refired Is Better Than Refried

So, now I am going through what feels like withdrawals, but I suppose are just normal transitional stuff:

  • When do I get up?
  • What do I do with my day?
  • Why do I do that instead of something else?

Of course, I am only a couple of days into this, so it is highly probable that there will be more insights to come. At least, I hope for more. But so far, I have three takeaways:

  1. Making a life-change is much easier when you have planned for it. Because I have worked as a financial planner for many years, we’re in a position to transition without the typical kinds of heart-racing, perspective-trashing anxieties that commonly come with these major changes. Monetarily, we’re good; we have “buckets” for various needs. We also have work to do. A lot of it, really. Work that engages what I am passionate about at this point in my life. Business opportunity and ventures are popping up all over the place. Probably because of this transition, and that I am open to them. I am refired by them.lightbulb-804976_1280
  2. A major life-transition is still a major life-transition. OK, I’m just a few days into this. Yet, I still expect to feel pretty weird about this—like I do right this second—for a long time. I’ll just go with it. Feels weird. Check. Keep moving forward. Check.
  3. Embracing change is better than fighting it. Certainly, the world is different than it was 4 or 5 years ago. We’re all very aware of the global financial meltdown and the impact it’s had on, well, everyone. But I wonder how much more good could have come—and still can—when people stop desperately clutching onto how things were, to open themselves to what could be. How do you move forward when you refuse to let go of what’s behind?

What do you think? Should retirement be retired? Is being retired something you look forward to? If so, what are your plans for being retired?

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