How to know when it’s time for you to retire?
Finding out it’s time for you to retire is not as easy as it seems. Typically, we take a standard path toward life, ending with retirement. The progress is relatively straightforward, from school to the first job and the lifelong working career.
Take a helicopter view of your life and think about what you have achieved. Did you reach your goals, or did something else happen? In most cases, we are so occupied with our lives that this reflection doesn’t pop up until it’s time for you to retire.
The psychotherapist Ragini Rao talks about three facts we all have from the very beginning of life:
- All human beings are born OK (no external influences whatsoever)
- We all have the capacity to think
- The possibility of deciding our own destiny is in our hands
Now, some of you will argue that it’s not true. But then you consider all influences around you, external or internal. In the article, Ragini Rao continues:
- Every individual has three ego states in her or his personality: the parent, the adult, and the child
- When thinking, speaking, or acting, we do it from one of these three egos-states
- Which ego-state choice we make depends on our past in life
Try to think back and understand which ego-state has been pre-dominant during your life journey. By accepting this psychological reality, you have taken a gigantic step forward.
It’s Time For You to Retire
One day, in the future, pretty soon, or maybe it’s already here, it’s time for you to retire. Personally, I have never been able to deal with the word “retire.” To me, it sounds like taking a step backward. Again, your reaction to “retirement” highly depends on your personality. Did you grow and live your life with a personality as a child, adult, or parent?
Whatever your answer will be, when a grown-up adult, at least physically and age-wise, you have accumulated experience and skill sets that will be a handy asset when it’s time for you to retire.
Even if retirement in most societies is regulated by laws and rules, the decision to retire should always be yours. If that is at the age of 40, 50, 60, 70, or even later, it should be a decision you will take.
Retirement is not a gold watch and an emotional thank you speech by your boss. It’s something much more important. The decision of a new route in your life!
“For many, retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater freedom.” –Robert Delamontague
When comes that moment….when it’s time for you to retire?
The following five signs could be your red flag.
Identification rupture with your job
You have been working for many years. Maybe you have served one single company or climbed the career ladder by gathering experience from different corporations. Whatever is your case, when you feel that an inevitable rupture with your job appears, it’s the first sign.
Perhaps you can’t mobilize the necessary motivation to make these outstanding achievements that a few years ago supported your progress in the company. The compensation in money also confirmed the satisfaction of the corporation.
Evolution exists everywhere, and your working place is no different. New colleagues come on board, and the entire organization goes through a continuing renovation. Nothing wrong with that. That’s how it works, and your boss is constantly searching for the best tools and collaborators to defend their position in the market.
However, when you feel that you aren’t among the gang’s leaders and your motivation goes down, it’s the first sign of a rupture with your job.
In an earlier article, we went through how to prepare for retirement. The tips in that article can be helpful to you when you feel the first sign of identification rupture with your job.
Adventures are next on the list
How much do you have pending to tick off on your “to-do”-list? I mean, what about that vacation in the Caribbean with your partner? When are you going to travel around the world, without any time pressure, and explore those countries you always have had a desire to see?
Or, what about canoe paddling on the nearby river and living a scouting life in the middle of the wood and mountains close to your home? The tour together with your partner or best friend, without time limits and no phone calls from the office.
The list is different for everyone, but if you take some time and let your mind fly away, I’m sure you’ll come up with a long and exciting list. The fantasy is endless.
When your loved ones ask you when these adventures will take place, your answer will be: “When I retire.”
Imagine a better sign screaming loudly: “It’s time for you to retire?”
Rest and health
Let’s face it: You will not live forever!
Be happy if you will be around for 80,90, or maybe 100 years. In fact, it’s not that important how old you are. Quality always wins over the number of years. It’s all about living that retired lifestyle that implies joy and happiness every single day.
Taking care of your health is fundamental for a happy life; sometimes, a stressful job can deteriorate your health. Many at a senior age stage start to suffer from hypertension and other typical diseases often related to age.
When you feel that your health starts to be an issue and that you need more rest, what a sign. Red flag!
At the beginning of your career, you were focused on your job most of the time. What to do, the next step, and how to improve what is already done? Can you relate to this? I can. My entire corporate career was circling around my job and what to do to climb faster on the career ladder.
There was no time to daydream about what to do together with my wife during the weekend. The daydream about the around-the-world journey didn’t show up.
When getting older, daydreaming seems to be more of a daily rule than an exception.
Go and get it, my friend!
Let your daydreams become real adventures.
What is more important than money?
As you probably have noticed, I’m not talking about money so far. How important is money? I use to say that’s the gasoline of the vehicle. You need fuel in your car to be able to travel from point A to point B. But during the journey, you talk about the car and the incredible landscape around you. The plans for what you will do when reaching your destination could be an essential topic to discuss and analyze. But you never talk about the fuel.
Many, and I have to admit that I was one of them, focus too much on the “fuel” when in full-speed career climbing. Money starts to be a drug. The more you earn, the more you want.
Money is important, but view it as the fuel of your vehicle.
The most important for a harmonious life when going into retirement is to feel that every day is a day worth living to the fullest.
No matter what interest you have and how you are passing the days when retiring, one final piece must be in place when it’s time for you to retire.
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”
If there is ONE thing you should take with you after reading this article, that would be to eliminate your worries. How to make it happen? Watch the video and get some tips that answer the question.
“In every life, we have some trouble, but when you worry, you make it double.”
Path to Take When It’s Time For You to Retire
By purpose, money wasn’t mentioned too much in this article. As said, if you focus on the “fuel” and not on the “vehicle” when going from A to B, the chances are huge that you won’t reach your destination.
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