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R Quinn
R Quinn
4 months ago

You need a focus on things you enjoy doing and the financial resources to do them and to avoid the stress of inadequate income.

medhat
medhat
11 months ago

Purpose. Without it life is like spice that’s lost it’s flavor. And try as people might, riches and fame in my observation are inadequate substitutes.

Roboticus Aquarius
Roboticus Aquarius
10 months ago
Reply to  medhat

Oh, well said.

Arpe Gio
Arpe Gio
1 year ago

To be doing something you really like that you couldn’t while earning a living. Sometimes these coincide but not often. After spending a working life in international finance I went back to study viticulture and enology and now have my own vineyard and winery. It can be done.

T Redd
T Redd
1 year ago

A fulfilling retirement is good health, an ability to learn that it is ok to not get things done – to let go of self-measurement, and getting a hobby that creates personal value – be it woodworking, volunteer work, a sport with friends you make, etc…. You really need a purpose as Mike said. I was forced to retire due to a major health issue (brain tumor). It has been tough but on year 4 and it is getting better

Mike Drak
Mike Drak
1 year ago

A fulfilling retirement is based on a mix of a few things. Being surrounded by loving family and friends, being in good health, finding your tribe(s), spirituality, having a good attitude and having a source of purpose(s). It’s all about finding a good way to satisfy your needs, values and wants. The challenge is that most retirees do not know what they are.

R Quinn
R Quinn
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike Drak

Yes, all of that, but also reality dictates financial resources and income sufficient to avoid the stress that can ruin it all.

elaine thomas
elaine thomas
1 year ago

While it would indeed be wonderful to travel, volunteer, spend quality time with family and friends etc., none of the aforementioned would be possible without good health. The ability to walk and remain active, engage intelligently with others, learn new things, and most importantly remember my loved ones would be enough for me to have a fulfilling retirement. And yes, having enough retirement income would be good too. But I’d rather have good health (body and brain) over money any day. 

julie payn
julie payn
4 months ago
Reply to  elaine thomas

Amen Elaine! Turning into my 60s, I started to take of myself with a diet and lifestyle change and do not have one regret. Not that it was terrible before but I just fined tuned it. I rather have body over mind 100%. Strength and physical health is the key to enjoying life as we age.

John Yeigh
John Yeigh
8 months ago
Reply to  elaine thomas

I’ll go with health as well.

Jeff
Jeff
1 year ago
Reply to  elaine thomas

I second it. Well said, Elaine

Sanjib Saha
Sanjib Saha
1 year ago
  • Enjoyable work and activities to keep me occupied
  • Spend time with close friends and families, where-ever they live
  • Ability to travel and be away for as long as I want to
  • Mental assurance that money won’t constrain any of these

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