Nothing wrong with working for the rest of your life

still working even after retirement - old age and working
@bounce58 (17524)
Canada
November 21, 2010 12:38am CST
Last night I was watching CNN and there was a man-on-the-street interview about what people think about retirement. A lot of them mentioned a roth IRA, but one particular woman said that her retirement plan was winning the lottery. She said she had to win, or else... she'd be working the rest of her life. And then she proceeded to say that 'there is nothing wrong with that'. Maybe it is the workaholic in me that agreed with what she said. I don't think there is anything wrong with working even after retirement age. I've heard stories about people losing physical and mental faculties after retirement because they have nothing to do. That they've lost 'that' edge, and because their minds became idle, they got much older quicker. So, would you like to work for the rest of your life? What if it meant warding off old age, or being senile? Maybe I would. A couple of days a week. Just enough not to be bored, but still keep my mind sharp. How about you?
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
22 Nov 10
i know that i don't want to work for the rest of my life. I don't want to be at retirement age and still working. i want to make sure i get my two businesses of the ground and after they are up and running for a year each i want to stop working my current job and just work for myself. I don't want to work for someone else for the rest of my life. I want to run my own business. I have a 401K that is doing really well. I will continue to allow that grow. By the time I am 65 i will hand my businesses over to my children and allow them to run them. I want to relax and enjoy my me time with my hubby!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 10
Congratulations 34momma for having it all figured out! And congratulations for going over the hurdle of deciding to have a business. I am still trying to get over that hurdle myself. I hope that everything works out for you, and that your 'relaxation' time come sooner.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
6 Dec 10
oh i don't have it all figured out at all. I just know what i want and I am not going to allow fear to keep me from getting it. so i am going to make sure i give it my all to get the results i want.
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
26 Nov 10
I guess it depends on if you can continue to work for the rest of your live. I for one have plans for my retirement. Its sad when people have no clue how to enjoy retirement. They just sit in their favorite chair in the living room in front of their tv for the rest of their life. I have a neighbor who does this. My parents never did, and neither did my in-laws. Actually I've known very few people to just stop at retirement. They all continue to like challenge. It's all about making and accomplishing goals.
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
5 Dec 10
I like a particular point in your response 2004cqui. That some people have no clue how to enjoy retirement. I think I know how to. Even if I worked after retirement, I still think I could find time to enjoy parts of it. Thanks.
@arystine (1275)
• Philippines
22 Nov 10
Hi bounce. I guess we're both workaholics. I recognize the symptoms lately. I get so bored when I have nothing to do on weekends. Weekends are supposedly reserved for relaxation right? But I guess I got used to the busy life that I find myself writing and preparing/studying for my cases on weekends. So that I will not get bored. I can't imagine not working after retirement. Although I like to relax every now and then and be carefree, I can't imagine being a bum everyday. I have to be involved with something or else I'll go crazy with boredom. :)
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
3 Dec 10
The good thing about 'being a bum' when you retire arystine is that you've already accumulated a lot of moolah by then. You work way too hard now, that when the time comes that you do decide to hang it up, being a bum wouldn't be too bad at all. You could be a bum with a hobby. Like travelling! So you don't get bored. Personally, I think you should just find a workaholic guy to take care of you for a change.
• United States
21 Nov 10
Retire? I never thought I would live past 18! Like My mom I will work until I die.I think as long as you like what you do and you Still can do it , why retire? I can see beig forced to retire how your life could go downhill. Me? I know how that feels. believe it or not but that's how I felt when I graduated highschool. Ever since I could remember , my mom said my " job" was to go to school. And then Boom, I was finished! Now What? I did nothing really until I found my job I have now. I'm very good at it So I'll keep working at it or something similar until I die.
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
24 Nov 10
I guess if you are good at your job and you like it, then the following saying applies... Find something that you like doing, and you don't have to work for the rest of your life. Does this apply to you Sarah? If it does, then you're one of the lucky ones.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
22 Nov 10
This is so funny to me as I should be retired already but I took six years off my age and so far they have not checked. I work one full time job and one part time job and then have a little business of making gift baskets - but there is no money in that but I love doing it. I like the challenge of new things and am never bored. I would like to have more free time but this may come in a few years - maybe
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
28 Nov 10
What do you mean you took six years off your age?! The reason I asked is that I've been thinking of the same thing before. People say I look too young for my age, that I thought I could always pass for somebody younger, even at work. And I was thinking that I'll keep doing this even at retirement age because nobody would suspect that I am way pass it already.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
28 Nov 10
Well, My boss asked me to photocopy my driver's licence and send it in and I knew that he was just being devious of as he had mounted a campaign against me to get me dismissed. So I panicked and then I went to a friend and we thought about it and then took one copy of my drivers licence and then altered the year ending in 2 to an 8. We then smudged it a bit and took several more photocopies and it looked very realistic and so now I suppose that I could be convicted of fraude He though that he was being very clever in asking for m.y driver's licence instead of my passport or birth certifificate. But I outwitted him For financial reasons I need to work for a few more more years
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
29 Nov 10
Ah! The wonders of photocopying! I might just use that trick one day.
21 Nov 10
well i have retired, after working 7 days a week up to 16 hours a day ever since leaving the forces. I am far from going senile and now have time to do all the things in life i have been missing. In the past 4 years i have travelled all over europe, australia and now in the US and returning back to australia in jan for another 3 months there. This isnt the result of having a big retirement plan i have to budget everywhere i go but boy life is fun and interesting. Working up until your unable to means your going to miss so much and i do not envy you at all.
• China
22 Nov 10
Although you have a different life style,it's a different way to enjoy your life.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
26 Nov 10
Hello lxdollarsxl. I guess that is one drawback of working until really old. Then you get to miss most of the world. Specially if your job is being couped up in a cubicle for long hours, then you deserve to go and see most of the world. Thanks.
@SIMPLYD (78753)
• Philippines
4 Feb 11
Much as i wanted to work even after i have reached my senior year, we just can't here in the Philippines. When you reached 60 years old, you will have to retire. But i look forward to my retirement. Our child would have her own family by then too. I want to enjoy it with my husband. perhaps by then , we could travel to places we like even just here in the Philippines. Most of all, i just want to read books, be with my senior friends too , watch TV and maybe find a nice hobby. I hope and pray my husband and i will live to be still healthy in body and mind to be able to do those when retirement comes.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
9 Feb 11
I think most would like to retire and go travel. The only real problem would be letting your mind go. But if you travel, and keep on reading and learning, then I think you wouldn't be in danger of losing your mental faculties. And if you have the islands in the Philippines to travel around, I think you could still make it exciting. For you and your husband. Thanks for the response.
@maezee (31961)
• United States
31 Dec 10
I agree with you! At least to have something to do, anyway, even it were just a couple times a week part-time job. I would love that. I actually enjoy working and providing for myself. Although I'd rather be going to school full-time and working part-time, working full-time actually keeps me much busier and focused and keeps the money rolling in, which is always a plus.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
3 Jan 11
Same here. Even today I would appreciate a job that would just require me to be in a couple of days a week. Of course with the same pay. And then I would be able to appreciate life a little more. Even after I get up to retirement age. Maybe this year. You'll finally get back to school. To finally get that out of the way.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
24 Nov 10
I have personal goals to follow my passions in regards to making a living and if I am successful with my plans I would probably continue to work after retirement age because for me I would have to be doing something which brings me joy or I may as well lay down and die. It is a matter of personal choice...
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
5 Dec 10
I think that is the key - passion to do whatever it is you're doing. I think by that, you wouldn't feel as if you are working. So that even after retirement age, it is all fun while you keep your mind sharp. That is my personal choice too. I just hope I could move my situation into my choice too.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
23 Nov 10
Well, right now I am a stay at home mother, so to a certain extent I feel like I already know what it is like to be retired. However, I tend to think that once my youngest starts school I will start working again and despite the fact that we are already saving money for retirement, I think that both my husband and myself will be people that work at least part time for the rest of our lives. My grandmother was 86 years old when she passed away and she had only been completely retired for less than a year when that happened. She retired from her primary job at 69 years old and then worked in a school cafeteria, Kmart greeter and then a sample giver at Kroger during the later years of her life.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
5 Dec 10
Like your grandmother, I would also like to be productive through my 80-plus years. If ever I get lucky to reach that age. Even if it is as simple as a greeter, at least I would still feel that I am doing my part in spreading joy. And even get paid doing it. Thanks.
• China
23 Nov 10
Why retirement? I would like to work for the rest of my life. Now i maybe to hard work to earn more money,to improve the live level. In the future,i enjoy my work.I do not want to feel unproductive.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
5 Dec 10
Hello huxiahx. I hope that you feel productive, even after retirement. I hope you get to improve your 'live level' and enjoy the rest. Thanks and welcome to myLot.
@SIMPLYD (78753)
• Philippines
23 Nov 10
When i reached my retirement age , of course i want to take my due rest from working since i graduated from college. However, it will not be entirely rest, bacause i still would like to have a part time job where my mind will be used so it will remain sharp even as i advance in age. I iike working most specially in an office where the people are working in good harmony, treating each other as brothers and sisters like the office i am connected with today.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
5 Dec 10
Hello SIMPLYD. That seems to be the concensus on all the responses I got from this discussion. People are willing to work as long as it is not full time. Just part time to keep the mind sharp. Thanks.
@Robincon (12)
• China
23 Nov 10
I think I would not continue to working when I am retirement. Because I want to do something I am interesting. I always hope that I can travel around the world, for I watch many place very beautiful on journal books. But now I have no time to go traveling, because I must work everyday from monday to sunday every week, only in sunday afternoon I can have a rest. Thus once I retire I want to do some travel.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 10
Hello Robincon. It sounds like you are working way too hard. I just hope that all your efforts now would make your retirement come quicker. So you could start on your travels around the world. Thanks.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
23 Nov 10
Yup! Nothing wrong unless sometimes you get relax. I see nothing wrong about it. A good thing if we work our mind be sharply as possible and our body have exercise daily
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 10
Hello aerous. Yes, nothing wrong! As long as we even it out with exercise and a little learning to keep our minds sharp. Thanks.
• China
23 Nov 10
i am doing something i do not like for living now, so sometimes i feel very bad.after my retirement,i will do someting i like just for happy.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 10
Hello baihejerry. All of us have to start from somewhere. And have to do something that we might not like. Hopefully, with hardwork, we'll all find something that'll make us happy. Thanks and welcome to myLot!
@fl0rencia (417)
• Philippines
23 Nov 10
Personally, I would like to have a business of my own. I don't want to quit job and do nothing. I also agree that there's nothing wrong with working for the rest of your life. Especially when what you do is something that you really love and you have a passion for. That's why we should do, or look for a job that interests us so we could enjoy doing it and never get tired of it. There's a lot of things I wanted to learn and do. I never want to stop learning.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 10
Spoken (written) like a true idealist fl0rencia. How I wish I could also find a job which I have a passion for. Or start of a business which I love doing. Then it wouldn't be a job, but an opportunity to keep learning. Thanks.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Nov 10
I'm like you...I wouldn't want to be completely without anything to do but at the same time I look forward to the time when I don't have to slave to the grind. At the rate I'm going I will have to work til I go. I do think that it will keep a mind sharp to keep it busy.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 10
I guess it is a matter of whatever that thing that we would be doing when we are a bit old-er, which would keep our minds sharp. Hopefully it is something fun and not being 'slave to the grind'. Thanks Jen.
@peedielyn (1210)
• United States
22 Nov 10
In my mind, the ideal comfort would be to retire with lottery winnings and being smart with that money, I could invest it and blah, blah, blah....That being said, I hate to think that I wouldn't be able to work until retirement or even afterwards. I read a lot and mostly what I read is how we are supposed to take care of our elderly at home instead of sending them to a home. Nowadays, that's not an option. I would rather work until I die and even after if it was possible. Winning that lottery takes money, so I might as well keep being productive while waiting on that dream. I am probably going to work at Wal-mart as a greeter and be a pleasand but senile one at that. That's just me. I wish today's kids would see that light somewhere and get started early. By the time I am old enough to retire, I will just have to work to be able to pay for health insurance. I would be bored out of my mind if I didn't work, whether to support myself for just to give me something to do.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 10
I actually have the same thought whenever I go to Wal-Mart and see the greeter. I think to myself, now there is someone who would rather be working than being alone at home (or in a home). I just wish that when I get to be that old, Wal-Mart would still be hiring.
@sanjay91422 (2728)
• India
22 Nov 10
I think it depends on many things and situations. If the situation is demands me to work then I will work. I have to work if I need to, and I would love to.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 10
Hello sanjay91422. I wish that when I get to that age, I don't have to. Even though I enjoy it, and would always be looking for something to do, I just hope that it isn't for need, but for want. Thanks.
22 Nov 10
i can't imagine my life working until the age of 60 because I do not want to give my life just for working for money.. I love to feel the time freedom, health freedom and financial freedom. I want to have a business and to be a investor or entrepreneur. So i will work temporarily to sustain a capital for my business.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 10
Hello kenie_mcdohl. I think everyone has the same dreams. Although some might want to still be working, it is just to keep the minds active. But to get to those 'freedoms' that you mentioned, I think is on the mind of everyone. Thanks.