Short post today as I’m home sick with a nasty bug. Since I find myself at home on a workday, it reminded me of a great post I read at Bible Money Matters just yesterday on the subject of retirement. Pete specifically asks, “Do You Ever Plan To Fully Retire?”
It’s an interesting question for a couple reasons. “Retirement” means different things to different people, and that idea can change over time. When I was a kid, retirement meant sitting on a lake fishing several hours a day, and basically being able to do whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted. I suppose that is still true, to a certain extent.
Today my definition of “retirement” is centered more around continuing to find ways to contribute to causes you believe in, regardless of compensation. In other words, I look forward to “retiring” from working for money so that I can begin working for something I believe in. Not that I don’t believe in the mission associated with my current job, but let’s face it, most of us are not lucky enough to be able to wake up every single morning totally inspired by our 8-5 jobs.
At this point I’d like to turn things over to readers, and offer up the following question for discussion in the comments below. What does retirement mean to you?