Retirement – When Does It Begin?
Looking forward to retirement is the current pastime of many of us 50+ years old boomers. Anticipating our retirement and what it will be like is a pleasant thought. They say you really don’t know what retirement is until you actually retire.
The expected benefits are many: having more time, doing things we like, making new friends, traveling, experiencing new things, less stressful life and a better balance between work and play.
Using the new definition of retirement as being a better balance between work and play, when do we pull the trigger and consider ourselves being in retirement? When you leave your full time career job? When you start drawing social security somewhere between age 62 to 66? Or when you say so? Many people find it hard to say they are retired, even after they have retired.
Some people ease in to retirement. They start working from home doing consulting or a Internet business. People start working part time or take some time off then jump back in for a while. Some people move to a 55 plus community on the edge of a metro area and still work full time. All of these are the transition to retirement and help easy the process. The exciting part is actually starting the process for a better balance of work and play in our life, no matter what you call it.
Robert, age 62 and retired