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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.
Oh, well said.
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.
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
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.
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.
I’ll go with health as well.
I second it. Well said, Elaine