All the definitions of “retirement” would indicate that it is a time in your life when you have grown too old to continue to work. In other words, as the farmer would often say, “you are put out to pasture” because you have outlived your usefulness.
I for one, do not want to think of myself as outgrowing my usefulness or having grown too old to work. I still want to make a difference and enjoy myself.
The meaning of retirement needs to change. In fact, we need to look for a new word which best describes that time in our life where we decide how much work and what type of work we want to do, as well as how much play we want to indulge in.
Retirement should not been seen as a time when you pack up your old working life and “withdraw from life into seclusion” (the original French meaning from the 1500s). Now is the time to become active in your life and be in control of the choices about how you wish to live.
Let’s call it “Your Time”: a renewal of life, vigor and interest – a new beginning. Yes, I know it sounds a little over the top, but for most people who have worked in excess of 40 years, it should be viewed as an opportunity to refresh your life and begin a new and exciting stage in your life.
But to ensure you take full advantage of “Your Time”, you have to take control early to ensure that you are ready – not only financially, but also physically and mentally. Don’t leave it too late – take stock of your finances, consider your lifestyle, get a health checkup or the opportunity for “Your Time” might just pass you by.14