And as you know well, Sarah Elkins, this is what drives me.
I am over the typical retirement age, and I don’t care. To wake up with no purpose other than to breathe would be the end of me. I am hard-wired to make a difference somehow, to help somehow, to find ways to feel fulfilled and — yes, relevant — now and probably until I die. I continue to work because I love it. I love helping others learn what I know, and I LOVE learning what others have to teach me!
I model myself after my dad, who died at a younger age than I am now, but he died working. And he didn’t need to for money or prestige, but he needed to so he would feel strong. Fulfilled.
Your generation is behind mine, and you’re all smart to start thinking of how you will handle that “retirement” age. The best advice I can give is to keep on keepin’ on. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll be able to find a second, third, or fourth career that deeply motivates and satisfies you. Money might be an issue but it might not. If you’re really lucky, it won’t be the first thing that crosses your mind.
Think about it now because your future will happen much sooner than you expect. Just ask any of us seniors.We’re pretty darned suprised to find ourselves at an age we could be retired.