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What do you think of retirement?

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27 / M / Paradise
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Posted 10/9/19 , edited 10/9/19
You know....

For how many problems this world faces. I consider this time my relaxation.

To figure out where I need to be, where I need to be going.

People always talk about how they deserve to retire and live in this small bubble of space that they worked for.

But you look at when those people are gone, and then that space is left to the successor. What will change?

We are left to believe that this idea of working towards a life where we have spent our youth slaving for others in order to relax when we are old and numb to the excitement of life.

Left to ignore the state of life we have created around the world in order to satisfy the wants and needs of everyone else.

What will I see in the years to come when my family passes. Even my family is blinded. They have the mindset as I do, but they do not think as I do.

To escape the repetition of being controlled by the confinements of life and the lies of the media and world.

Like they wanted to enjoy life the way they wanted, but never understanding the value of making their own decisions based on what they were truly meant for, replacing dreams for what the world wanted them to be. Instead of being someone the world needed them to be.

Only realized when you are old and used, to be used again and again until you're gone..... what life is that, because I will not see this life repeat itself time and time again

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In my opinion, there is no point to think about retirement. It takes long years until one reaches the age of retirement. Better live in present, rather than in a future moment which we do not know if will ever happen.
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30 / M / Hampshire
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Hookers and cocaine every day.
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even though I'm young I'm already prepared with a plan. at any given time we can have an accident that cause us to have medical bills and go on disability, forced retirement in a way before we're ready. even default and normal I'm planned and prepared. before too long I'm going to preplan my own funeral and make installment payments sort of thing.
Posted 10/9/19 , edited 10/9/19
avoid consumerism and lifestyle inflation and you're probably better off than most of the population. what annoys me though is the amount of people who will happily binge boring shows for weeks on end but won't take some time to rid themselves of their financial illiteracy. burdens on the state you lot
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Posted 10/12/19 , edited 10/12/19
Allready planning for retirement. My dad ingrained this in me since he was planning and putting money aside for retirement which he is enjoying right now. I make significantly less that he did money wise but I'm still putting a little money aside. I plan to work as long as I'm able to but I want to be ready with a back up in case I get too ill to work anymore. It may seem like a long way off but the years go by quickly so save a little now if you can. I didn't start until I turned 30 but if you can squirrel away money earlier, try to but don't sacrifice enjoying the here and now.
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To be old is not to be numb to the excitement of life. When I finish my working days and enter retirement I will be afforded the time to explore areas of learning I've yet to reach and to develop my artistic skills more completely, and I expect I'll find both efforts to be quite pleasant indeed.

The joys of sitting at my window with all the time in the world, taking in the scenery, and putting what I see to paper with my own touches seem quite alluring to me, and they may be enjoyed in youth and old age alike with equal vigour. Soft, dim light poking holes in a grey ceiling, pattering drops dancing on the pavement, a soothing, intermittent drumbeat of thunder, and me, curled against the chilled, fogged pane enjoying a rendezvous between the warmth on my skin from a cozy blanket and that from a bit of rum in my belly. What more could I ask for?

I don't see retirement as the looming demise of a beloved career or as a paltry reward for a lifetime of extraordinary sacrifices. I see it as a coming opportunity to enjoy the sorts of pleasures one can only experience once they're liberated from the need to labour for mere survival. Would it be nice to be so liberated earlier in life, and to experience more of those pleasures? Naturally. But as it is these are joys primarily reserved for the exceptionally wealthy and the elderly, and that's simply how it is for now. I'll simply have to make do and enjoy what little I get.
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Posted 10/13/19 , edited 10/14/19
Honestly just wished I was at that old age of 70 already. I’m tired of existing for no reason.
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37 / M / SoFlo
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Posted 10/14/19 , edited 10/15/19
I think it couldn't get here soon enough.
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Posted 10/15/19 , edited 10/15/19
I can't wait to retire - buy a house somewhere nice and quiet, maybe somewhere in the mountains. I'd garden, prolly.
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Posted 10/15/19 , edited 10/15/19
Getting old scares me. Slowly losing your mind and body.
Gonna off myself by 30
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Posted 10/16/19 , edited 10/16/19
I am just about ready to retire. I view it as an opportunity to finish all the things I started, but got distracted and never finished. I took music lessons and got up to ok, but then stopped. I studied drawing, and got up to ok, but then stopped. Made a lot of thngs out of wood, and got up to ok, but then stopped. So, I look forward to revisiting my artistic side and leaving my commercial side behind.

Looking back, I think it is a blunder to just save up for retirement to the exclusion of all else. You could die at anytime. Lots of people die before they retire. During a period of rampant inflation, the totality of your savings might end up being worth a loaf of bread. I think the best bet is to do what you can to incorporate as much joy as you can into your daily life. Then, even if you lose everything, you at least have experienced some joy along the way.

If you enjoy scenery, try to live someplace with scenery. If you enjoy travel, try to live someplace interesting so you don't have to travel far. If you enjoy the beach, live by the beach. If you enjoy mountain views, live in the mountains.

I don't favor sight-seeing trips. They seem to be a waste of life to me and are money pits. Much prefer traveling for events. It is experiences that stick in your mind and bring you joy, not things you saw.

Try to get a job where you look forward to going to work, or at least don't dread going to work. If you can't find that, try to start your own business.

Try to make a friend that you look forward to seeing everyday, even if it is just a dog.

This is all easier said than done, but I think these are worthy goals. Much better than saving up for an event that may never come.
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Posted 10/16/19 , edited 29 days ago
that's too far away
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