How do you think the retired continue parttime work?

China
January 5, 2009 9:02am CST
Many young people are longing for free time, so as to do what they like. They work hard to save enough in the attempt to get retired at an earlier age, though actually they might not be able to quit by that time. But who knows the feeling of the retired. After a short period of wondering about, travelling, indulging in hobbies, there might be again time when they want to do some part-time work, to make extra money, and equally or even more important, to present their value and qualification, instead of staying idle at home. How do you think it, understandable or stupid?
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8 responses
16 Jan 09
My husband joined the Navy at age 17 and retired 21 years later at the ripe old age of 38, he used to rib HIS father that he retired before he did. That was back in 1994, and the "retirement" lasted about 6 months. We have three daughters who were 5, 6 and 7 years old at the time. Naturally even though his retirement check was terrific, no way did it pay for all our expenses. Then the girls got into high school, and my goodness, all the activities. Band, debate club, cheerleading, FFA, yes we raised two goats to show, art club and on and on. It was a WONDERFUL experience I will treasure always. The oldest is now married, the youngest is now about to move out, and the middle daughter is working but still living at home. My husband owns and operates his own truck and we still struggle sometimes. So, retirement? Maybe in another 10 years. When we do retire I would still like to volunteer time to pet shelters, nursing homes, maybe help tutor children. I think you need to keep occupied for sure, and my belief is you should still try your best to contribute to society, after all, your children and grandchildren will be growing up in that society.
• China
3 Feb 09
Thanks for sharing. I agree we need do something for the society.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
6 Jan 09
I'm a senior male, 75 years old. I work all summer in Canada and play all winter in South Texas. Who in their right mind would quit a job that they love? That's a ticket to heaven for sure. I have my own business in Canada, and own a place in Alamo, Texas, where I grow grapefruit and bananas in my backyard. How stupid is that?
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• China
16 Jan 09
I admire your health and enthusiasm. Keep enjoying life, and thanks for responding.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
6 Jan 09
After more than 35 years of employment, I retired at the age of 55. I have no desire to go back to an office, but I would like to do an internet job at home. Unfortunately, everything I find is for a home business. I don't want a home business. I want a job.
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• China
6 Jan 09
I think I can understand what they feel. I'm young, but I still don't want to retire earlier. Sometimes, making money is not so important. I think for the old persons, they want to enrich their lives. Because from working, they can learn more things. And enriching themselves continously makes them satisfied. right?
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@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
5 Jan 09
Hi, my parents are of retitrement age and their plans are to give notice early February. My mother is hoping to land a part time job in this slow economy. I think they should put off retirement for at least another 12 to 18 months to see if the new administration can do smething to put the economy back on track. My father on the other hand wanted to wait until at least the year 2010 mid way. He let her push him to retire early. The medical they bother have will have to be paid by themselves instead of by their employer. I don't want to tell them "Itold you so". I think it is stupid to leave a well paying job for possibly doing nothing and only having a set amount of money to depend on. But who listens to me !
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@vindiku (256)
• India
5 Jan 09
Hey, I also have an urge to go and enjoy life, but for that I wont be retiring from my job earlier. What i would suggest is you will have to find out time daily to spend for your other activities, and spend with friends once every week, and go for a holiday trip every three months. Otherwise, as an employee we will get exhausted. If we are retiring early, what I feel is we will have a lot time to spend and will have nothing to do, will get bored easily and will try looking for another work options.
@spoiled311 (5502)
• Philippines
5 Jan 09
hi zhu! well, if one can handle it still, i think the retired can still continue to work, even just on a part time basis. my father is already 62. but well, and he had clerical work. which was fine. but the office started to let him go, saying that they might have problems having a retired person on payroll (which was not actually true because he was only signing off on a voucher.) anyway, so much for that. at least he can do housework now. and he has pension anyway. so if they will just live frugally, they will be fine. he plants veggies and sells them in the market. take care and God bless you! :-)
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• Lincoln, Nebraska
5 Jan 09
I know that I am far from being retired from anything that I do. For one thing I am not ready to do so financially. On the other hand even if I was ready and able to do so financially I wouldn't want to. The main reason for not wanting to retire for me is that I would be totally bored if I were to do so. That I think is why so many people who do retire look for part-time work. Those that don't unless they travel very frequently end up expiring very quickly. It's always good to have something to do.