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Thoughts on retirement

Posted by Chance on July 17, 2010

The prevailing attitude in the work world today is to count down the days to retirement when one can live a life of leisure and play golf every day. Here’s the thing though; I actually like working, and I think I would get bored if I didn’t work.

Also, I think the whole method of saving up all my income for the last 20 or 30 years of my life just sounds very stressful. I would rather live most of my life striking a balance between stress and boredom, rather than going through a period of stress followed by a period of boredom.

I don’t know if I will necessarily work full-time until I’m eighty, but I think I will work in some capacity as long as I am able. I still plan to save up for retirement, for one, I get free money through my company matching some of my 401K contributions, and, I want to save up in the event that me being unable to work comes sooner rather than later.

I’m not saying everyone has to do what I do, but I do think it is good that people stay active one way or the other, whether it be work of some sort, home projects, volunteer work, etc. I think the main purpose is avoiding idleness.

Note: I do realize I have a cushy job compared to some people, so I don’t blame people for looking forward to retirement. I think the last paragraph addresses those issues however.

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