THINKING RETIREMENT – ANDY LANDISThis week’s blog is an excerpt from my new book, “When I Retire,” now available at

Words have power to shape our thinking.  You don’t want to “fall for” some of the dictionary definitions of retirement: “to withdraw, as for rest or shelter; to go to bed; to fall back; to retreat.”

Even worse, for many people in previous generations retirement was “a brief period of time when you were too sick to work, but too well to die.”  That kind of thinking could poison your thinking about retirement, and your retirement life itself!

Instead, we need a new, more expansive definition that suggests a fun, abundant retirement life.  Here are some ideas, many of which were offered by actual seminar participants and other mentors.  Mark your favorites, then make your own definition using the elements that most appeal to you.

q  Time to pursue my passions.

q  Life after required work.

q  When I leave the rat-race and join the human race.

“Time to keep my promises.” –Seminar participant

q  The Spanish word for retirement: jubilación (“jubilation”).  Retiree:  jubilado (“jubilant one”).  Retirement age:  Edad de jubilación (“age of jubilation”).

“When I have enough…and I’ve had enough.” –Seminar participant

q  Time to do what I want, when I want, with whomever I want.

q  Time to live life livelier.

q  Renaissance.

q  Rebirth into the person I always wanted to be.

q  The time to complete my growth.

q  A time that is uniquely mine.

q  When work no longer gets in the way of what I really want to.

 “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
–novelist George Sand

q  A time to rejoice, in life and in myself.

q  A chance for a do-over.

“Retirement is wonderful.  It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it.” —Gene Perret

q  A chance to do the kind of work I always wanted to, but could never afford.

q  When every week is six Saturdays and a Sunday.

q  Goodbye tension, hello pension!

q  When you stop living at work and begin working at living.

q  No Job, No Stress, No Pay!

q  The time in your life when time is no longer money.

q  My metamorphosis, as a butterfly emerging from the cocoon.

Let me know your favorites, and keep on Thinking Retirement

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