I’m reading a magazine article on a plane right now about money discussions between couples. It says you should write down your goals and categorize your them like this: “work, children, retirement.”
But what if I never plan on retiring?
To me, retirement says “thank God I’m out of that hellhole.” It says, “finally I can relax and do the things I really want,” and “now I can stop sacrificing.” I mean, seriously.
Wasn’t retirement basically invented by the government sometime last century to make the old people get out of the workforce early? Didn’t social security come out around the same time and, considering it’s been gutted by President Bush, shouldn’t we all collectively regain our sanity? And besides which, after a lifetime of sacrificing, do you really think you’ll be able to suddenly go and do everything you love in the wrecked, emaciated shell that is your body? Or is it more likely you’ll have such a habit of sacrifice that you simply won’t know what to do when work is gone?
Ok, I admit I’m leading you to the answer I think is right, but seriously, what are you looking forward to? Do you plan or retiring? I’m all about “a lifetime of service” and all that, but is really this the way we want to serve?