The Retirement Conundrum
August 22, 2012
Are you recently retired? Or, are you one of the millions of baby boomers for whom the retirement horizon is getting closer and closer?
I’m in the latter category, and to be completely honest, the thought of retirement is conflicting to me. I still enjoy working. My job at the Library has been rewarding, so how will I continue to be a contributing member of society during retirement? I think I am more organized, self-disciplined, interesting, and socially engaged when I’m working. To think that there are some co-workers and most Library customers I will never see again after I retire is just plain sad!
But, I don’t want to work so long that I don’t have a good lengthy retirement to enjoy. Some have told me that I’ll know when it’s the right time to retire.
Will I? Did you?
Overall, I’m pretty optimistic about retirement. However, current economic conditions and uncertainties make retiring to a fixed income a very scary proposition. I hope our Social Security contributions will be there for us, but if not, our other investments will have to do. So, my greatest concern is whether or not our retirement planning will see us through to the end of our days, let alone stand up to potential financial and/or health crises.
The positive side of retirement is that my time will be my own. I’ll finally have time to read all those books on my list (shameless plug)! I will have more time to spend with my three darling granddaughters, more time for quilting or exploring other arts and interesting activities, and more time to spend with my husband. We have 40+ years of "stuff" to sort through so our kids won’t have to do that someday. We plan to go to more sporting events, cultural events, and travel some. My bucket list continues to grow. After all, isn’t that what I’ve worked so long for?
So, tell me, please, how’s retirement going for you?
What is the one, best piece of advice you have for me?
What are your concerns/fears?
How do you stay up-to-date on technology or learn new ones?
Did you get bored and go back to work?
Do you volunteer somewhere?
What is your major life purpose or do you even have the need for one?
I’ve gleaned all I can from retirement books, magazine articles, and blogs. I need to hear it directly from you – someone who can give me the honest low-down on what to expect!
Colbern Road Branch