Are you afraid of retirement?

by Kristina Tahnyak on June 12, 2014 · 4 comments

sunset retirement

Good morning Dinks.  I am 33 years old and  can’t wait until my retirement.  Almost on a monthly basis I look at my employer’s retirement calculator to make sure I’m still on the track to retire at 61 years old.  I look at the contribution amounts into my retirement fund, I look at my employers contributions and I check to see how my investments are performing.  Of course I would never make a change, but I just like to see if I am gaining or losing on a monthly basis.

In my industry (financial planning) retirement is a buzz word.  Right now financial planners are working with retiring baby boomers to consolidate their assets and invest their life savings.  Everyone wants to have clients who are retiring because that usually means big money for the bank.  However, clients may feel differently about their retirement.

Planning for retirement

I personally can’t wait to be retired…only 28 years to go.  I look forward to the day when I no longer have an obligation to wake up and go to work, but at the same time it scares me a little bit.  There are so many questions that need to be asked (and answered) before I am ready to retire.  Will I like it? What will I do with my time? Can I afford it?  The good thing is I have a while to plan what I’ll be doing in retirement.

Does retirement mean you are old?

I have a client who is eligible to retire but decided not to.  When I asked her why she chooses to continue working said “Because retirement is for old people.”  That got me thinking, are people afraid of retirement?  Retirement is the next phase of our lives and it is generally reserved for the older population who have already put in their working years.  Maybe some people don’t want to be labelled as old or maybe some people don’t want to retire because not working will make them feel old and that’s not fun.

I wonder what it is about the word retirement that scares people.  Technically retirement is the next phase of your life, the phase before the final phase…the after life – maybe that has a factor on my client’s decision to continue working.  Maybe it’s not the word retirement that scares her, maybe it’s what retirement represents…the end.  Maybe she feels not retiring will stop time and she will remain in her late 50s forever.  I wish that were true.

Instead of be scared, look forward to retirement

I think the idea of not being on a schedule sounds like fun.  After I retire I will never have to use my alarm clock ever again and that is definitely something to look forward to.  As you know I hate the sound of my alarm clock.

Maybe retirement does mean we are getting old, but that’s going to happen anyways.  So why not enjoy it and spend your retirement years not working and doing whatever it is that you want to do. Perfect.

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1 Kathy June 12, 2014 at 8:16 am

Allow me to assure you that retirement is WONDERFUL. My husband and I retired at age 55 and 53 respectively and haven’t looked back a single day since then. I think that many (if not most) people who say they don’t want to retire actually are justifying their inability to retire due to a lack of financial ability. Saying they don’t want to seems more acceptable than saying they can’t afford to.

2 Steve June 12, 2014 at 10:19 am

I can’t wait to retire. As long as I’m healthy I will have no problem keeping myself busy. It’s a long way off and many things can happen between now and then, but barring something catostrophic, I should be able to retire by 65.

3 Hannah @ Wise Dollar June 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Honestly, I haven’t tried saving for my retirement, but I really want to start now. Preparing your retirement is a very good move to ensure your future and enjoy your life. My aunt now who already retired and now she travels a lot because for her it’s one thing that she didn’t have a chance to do when she was working.

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