This is the last episode of this 4-part series podcast, and today we will talk about the Unretirement. You won't find this word inside a dictionary, but the question is why should you a retiree who have worked for many years, consider to unretire yourself? In the first episode of this series, we talked about why it is important to Rightsize Our Homes. The second part talked about the value of owning a second home, while in the last episode we have dwell into why it is the right time to feel contentment in life as we approach our golden years.
These days, many workers who have retired are coming back into the fold. Your life doesn't end at 65 years of age, That is why older workers unretire because many of us derive work as our sense of purpose. People are living longer and because of that they are healthy enough to take on another job that can give them a sense of fulfillment in their career.
Partial Retirement / Semi-Retirement
Kathy Gottberg loves to write. Even though she can already afford to retire, she still does what she loves because it keeps her brain very sharp, teaches her new skills, new technology, which is like learning a new language.
The whole way we look at retirement and work could use a revision. What happens is that so many people have been working at jobs they don’t like.
“Over 50 percent of people think that their job is unpleasant or hazardous.”
No wonder people want to retire and get away from that. But if you work to find a job you liked, that you felt rewarded in, that you were productive and creative, and did something that excited both your mind and your heart, then you don’t need to get away from it. Instead of working for 40 years, hoping to eventually someday to retire so that one day you can sit on an island somewhere, how about all that 40 years you kind of work your way towards finding a work with purpose, meaning, happiness, and contentment?
From Retire to Unretire
The mindset that when you get older, you should just go to a retirement village, park yourself, and just play golf all day is like an outdated mode for our generation, your generation, and the generations to come. With these many people that are getting older, maybe it’s time to rethink of ourselves as still productive with something great to offer the world. Maybe it's time to unretire.
Purpose in Life
You have a job that you really dislike and it was hard on you physically because some jobs are way more challenging physically than other jobs. But if you can do anything and make a little money on the side, why wouldn’t you keep on doing some of that sometimes. It’s not that you want to go back to work in 40, 50, or 60 hours a week. But what about 10 or 20? Even if it’s a volunteer job, or it’s a love job, just like Kathy’s writing job. Maybe it’s time to revision all of that, about getting older, about retirement, about longevity. We’re at the edge of so much change, it deserves to be looked at and reconsidered.
If you just don’t want to have a job, there are so many worthy organizations that need volunteers. Kathy has also seen other people take volunteer work and because they were good at it and they’d loved it, the organization offered to pay them. So volunteer work can lead to a part-time job.
Let’s find the contentment, the purpose and meaning in life, and make the most of the time we have left.
About Our Co-Host
Kathy Gottberg is a published author of six books along with many magazine articles and her blog http://SMARTLiving365.com where she explores ideas and experiences that help to create a sustainable, meaningful, happy and rewarding life for herself and others. Since turning 60, ideas surrounding positive aging and retirement have increasingly captured her interest. Kathy lives in La Quinta, CA, with Thom, her husband of 41 years, and dog Kloe where they do their best to live joyfully and SMART, 365.
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