I just turned 58 -- born in 1955, right in the middle of the boom. In some ways, I want to emulate my parents, who lived a "comfortable but frugal" lifestyle and saved enough money for a comfortable retirement. Unfortunately, they both died too young to have much time to enjoy it. (Dad at 67. Mom at 74.)
My sister semi-retired at 52 and at 59, she is now fully retired (public school teacher state pension). I don't want to retire like her. I love her, but I think the life she leads is a bit shallow. Her husband is significantly older than she is and she has gotten "old" before her time. She is healthy, intelligent, energetic, and well-educated ... but spends her time looking for ways to amuse herself, accomplishing little. She makes little contribution to the world anymore and I can't see me doing that any time soon. I need a more meaningful existence to feel satisfied.
For my parents' generation (and for my sister), "retirement" meant a time to sit back and rest - to withdraw from the larger world. I hope to ease into retirement in my early/mid 60's by switching to part time employment that will continue for a few more years and transition into a lifestyle that includes making contributions to society in some way.
"Aim for progression, not perfection." -- SP Coach Nancy
"There is hope for me. There is hope for all of us." -- llou
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