Retirement or Really Living Now – Why Retirement Mentality is Detrimental to Enjoying Life!
When it comes to living a successful life and creating your own life by design, it would appear that most Americans seem to miss the mark.
This is especially true when it comes to the idea of “retirement“. That is the target where people feel that they can finally really enjoy life on their terms and have enough financial backing to live this dream.
It is also somewhat of a myth as most never achieve this personal utopian dream. Some of the concepts that will be discussed have been brought up as well by Andy Shaw in his wonderful works on Creating a Bug-Free Mind.
Let’s take a look at the typical life track that most North Americans go through.
- They go to college or trade school without much guidance
- They choose a degree program based on possibilities not what fits them
- They find a job or several different jobs due to downsizing
- Might get married and have children
- Get stuck in a career or careers that they hate, but have to do because of obligations
- Look forward to retiring so that they can quit a job they hate and maybe do what they wanted to do all their life
- Most cannot do this retirement part on their own terms due to continual family concerns and lack of financial resources
- So they keep working close to their 70’s in a job they do not like
- Maybe finally retire but are now too unhealthy to really live
When looking at the etymology of the word retirement we find that it has meant in the past to retreat or withdraw into seclusion.
Now that is really living life to the fullest, right? Working forty plus years in a career we hate just so we can withdraw into seclusion!
This is somewhat insane and we think that there is a better way to live. This is covered in detail in Chapter 22 by Andy Shaw in “Creating a Bug-Free Mind“. Basically, the concept is that people only retire from a job that they hate.
If they loved the job, looked forward to doing that job, and had a strong sense of fulfillment and purpose why would they ever retire from it? The answer is that they would not. They would keep doing it.
So this brings us to the conclusion that the herd mentality on retirement is not really living at all. It is wasting the precious life that you have now, in exchange for something that may never come true in the future. So I think that just maybe there is a better plan.
First of all, you need to live now, in the present moment. Your only real life is the life in the present. The past is gone and is not to be regretted. The future is not here and is not to be feared. Only planned for!
Real living is enjoying each and every minute of your life in the now.
The best way to do this is to start today to create your life on purpose and by your personal design. Find out what makes you truly happy in life and start to do that. Start your journey by getting involved in the concepts of Success Thinking.
Why would you ever again consider working in a job you hate for forty years to spend maybe twenty years pursuing the elusive retirement myth? Live life now!