Two stories tell of different approaches to retirement. In this podcast we talk about Brenda who refuses to retire and Anne who retired and has become busy volunteering. What will your retirement look like?
In their book, Ikigai, Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles reveal that the Japanese don’t have a word for ‘leaving the workforce for good’ (retirement). In fact, ‘having a purpose for life is so important in Japanese culture that our idea of retirement simply doesn’t exist.’
Nicky Shelton retired early—at the age of 53—because she wanted to and could. ‘But I hadn’t thought about what I was going to do next,’ she says. ‘I didn’t have a clue.’ That was three-and-a-half years ago. In that time, she has been developing as an artist.
When winter arrives in southern Australia, senior travellers (often referred to as ‘Grey Nomads’) tend to hit the road in search of warmth. From Broome to Birdsville and Noosa to Norseman, you’ll often find them in motor homes or towing their caravans taking in the sights and the warmer weather.
Retiring 30 years after the age at which most people retire is quite an achievement. While most people’s lives are not royal, there are a few similarities worth considering.
In a 2015 interview, Robert Redford said, ‘You make the most of what you’ve been given—that’s how I see it.’ Then he added this thought about retirement. ‘And you keep pushing to make more of it. I don’t see any reason to stop. I think retirement can lead to death, and that’s not for me.’
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And there’s a reason for that. It’s almost here and you can’t avoid reminders at any shopping centre. How do you remember your Christmases as a child?
When we—my husband, Owen and I—wrote the first edition of Where To Retire In Australia, one of the questions we asked in the various places was, ‘If you moved here, could you get full or part-time work, or establish a business or a profitable hobby?’ This led to another of our books, Retire Bizzi, which has 101 case studies of people around Australia who had retired and not liked it, or who had retired but wanted to do something different.
There’s something quite delightful about the New Zealand hip-hop crew Hip Op-eration. Their average age is 80, but their thinking is so much younger. They came to international fame when they entered the annual hip-hop competition in Las Vegas in 2013.
There’s a trend among the middle-aged to focus on work and income at the expense of their personal wellbeing. It’s often done with the hope that they can work on wellbeing later—in retirement, perhaps.