Today marks the end of a month long countrywide inspirational training I was facilitating for retirees of county governments through the Lapfund retirement fund scheme. Perhaps over 90% of those who follow my posts are youthful and energetic and wondering why discuss retirement. The training that I am concluding today has taught me the need for us to see beyond our youthful days to those days that we will not report to our typical duties. And some mistakes made in our youthful years may never be corrected in the future.
I therefore write this article to suggest that you should never retire – just put on new tyres and move on. How, you ask? Devise clear transition strategies anon from your conventional job to your own enterprise that you can leave behind for your children as a family heritage. Oliver Wendell Holmes argued that men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing. On the same rejoinder, George Bernard Shaw argued that you don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing. Based on this timeless knowledge M.K. Soni advised us to retire from work, but not from life.
Retirement does not mean stopping to work. It only means doing what we love to do, eating what is good for us, spending less on city life and spending time with our loved ones while we are still healthy and wise. Being wealthy helps. But that is something people aspire for and sometimes never get to. And in the process of chasing all that wealth we forget why we were chasing it in the first place. That is why in retirement, we must focus on higher ideals – fulfilment in life and the course we have undertaken as well as leaving a legacy behind.
Retired is being twice tired; it’s never too late to live your own dream. Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses. Hence we must continue to be productive till our last minute. As Abe Lemons argued, the trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off. There are many youthful people who are idle and many senior citizens who are productive – increase in years is a blessing; ageing is a choice. Almost 3000 years ago, Confucius advised the Chinese, “choose work that you love and you won’t have to work another day.
You will never reach that point that is called ‘The End’ – retirement is change of one activity to the other. From one job to the other – usually to more fulfilling ventures that are not undertaken through pressure. Therefore, Do Not Die Until You Die. As Mark Twain said, “age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. And Abraham Lincoln’s final remarks were, “And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years”.
As Abraham Lincoln said, “It is not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years” – an article for those retiring and those who will ever retire….by
Corporate Trainer, Author and Motivational Speaker