Yes, your brain is communicating to you all the time, but the problem is that you control your brain’s thinking. So, how can your brain tell you anything?
You need to plan ahead to retire early. That’s how John Wick sees it. He retired at the age of 51 to set out on a five-year yachting adventure in 1996. ‘I’d worked for 30 years and now I plan to be retired for 30 years,’ he says. I recently talked to him and his wife, Alison, in their suburban Melbourne home. Both were born in England.
Knowing that you ‘matter’ is important at any stage of life, but at retirement, some of the things that have given you a sense that you matter—particularly your job—are gone. On things that matter, one Swiss research paper concluded: ‘Mattering implies that people are not only connected to others, but that they feel that they are important to others.’
Many people eat from the moment they wake up until the time they go to bed. But is this the best dietary pattern for our health?
If your best years are ahead of you, what would they look like? When you’re in the retirement zone—planning for or in retirement—there’s a tendency to look back at life. To reminisce about the past. Reflect.
Low interest rates can have a real impact on those who are planning their retirement and those in retirement. Financial planner Anne Graham talks about the issues it can raise and suggests how to handle what can be a difficult time for investing.
When you think of older people what images come to mind? Compare that with what you see in the media.
Any change causes stress. Retiring is no different. Full retirement usually means the end of your working life, which is a huge transition. You can add to this the uncertainty of not being sure whether you’ll survive financially (a common fear). And there’s the sense that you’re now entering the last stage of life. Both these thoughts add pressure.
In planning your retirement, which path are you going to follow? In her latest book, Too Young to be Old, Nancy K Schlossberg says that through her research, ‘I have identified six major paths retirees follow.’
Boomers are changing the concept that retirement is mainly a time for leisure into something more intentional. And that’s because, say Richard and Leona Bergstrom in Third Calling, most Boomers want to ‘age with purpose and possibility’.