Published: Friday, May 17 2013 11:40 a.m. MDT
To each their own. Appearance has changed through the years, motivation and
mussels ain't the same. But being around people can keep the brain active.
In some countries - for example - Greece - retirement was an attractive
proposition. With huge government imposed pension cutbacks that, however, is
increasingly unattractive there. In each case of retirement, there
should be individual choice (retire or not retire?). But, it all depends on
finances! Assuming they are in order, retirement does not mean 'retirement
from work', but only from work that pays a salary or wage. The work goes
on. The idyll of a rocking chair on the terrace or balcony, and a gradual
slippage into white-haired dotage, is acronistic. Workers still need to work,
however, the form and reward system will change.
There is a difference between retiring from making money and retiring from
activity. For our mental, physical and spiritual health, we need to feel (and
be) useful. That's why I applaud the program of The LDS Church and other
organizations that encourage retirees to serve missions and engage in service
projects. A sure path to physical and mental deterioration is to retire, sit
home, watch TV and eat ourselves into the grave.
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