The idea of retirement sounds awesome. You work hard, save up your money, and hopefully by the time you're in your 50s, you can start taking it easy. Travel around the world? You got it. Sleep in till noon? For sure. No longer report to the big boss, unless you're married? Of course.
It's a dream we're sold. Some could say it's part of the American Dream. But like George Carlin once said, "It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it." Retiring is becoming less and less of a reality for millions of people who have to keep plugging away to keep the lights on, and food on the table.
A lot of it is poor planning, but a lot of it is the game has changed, too. The world is constantly changing, economies evolving, cycles shifting. The simple fact is a dollar doesn't go as far as it used to. Well, that is unless you're the AriZona iced tea company.
That shit is always 99 cents.
However, to understand where we're going, we need to understand what's leading us there in the first place. "Retirement" is a very appealing idea, but that's it: it's just an idea, and not all ideas are great. Did you ever think maybe it's a trick to keep us productive for XYZ company, giving us something to look forward to? I don't mean to be all anti-establishment, but it's something worth considering.
How many times have you heard about somebody "retiring," yet it's no time at all before they're back at it? Jay-Z or some sports superstar may come to mind, and you could argue they're doing it for the money, but often times, it's much deeper than that. It's about the love of something.
Maybe instead of working hard at XYZ job so you can retire at a reasonable age, figure out how to make money around what you love so that every day you wake up, it doesn't feel like work. It feels like fun. And when you're having fun, who the hell wants that to end?
I love writing, and I love helping people take their content game to the next level. Instead of viewing retirement as something that comes later in life, I want to try taking some of its concepts, and live that NOW.
After all, retirement just sounds boring to me. Doing what I love and having fun around it sounds far more interesting.
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