Something interesting to share that will definitely be happening for us, "the young ones", just round the corner !!!
A very pragmatic approach…............ HOW TO RETIRE 4 Pre-Conditions for Retirement
I retired in year 2000 at age 52. I am now 61, thus I can claim thatI got more experience at retirement than most! I thought I should share my experience with mariners because I have seen too many friendsand neighbours who became so bored that they have become a nuisance to their spouse and children and to others!
A few of them have solved the problem by going back to work. Theywere able to do so because they have a skill/expertise that is still in demand. The rest (and many are my neighbours) live aimlessly or arewaiting to die - a very sad situation, indeed.
You can retire only when you fulfil these 4 pre-conditions:
Your children are financially independent (e.g. they got jobs), You have zero liability (all your borrowings are paid up), You have enough savings to support your lifestyle for the rest of your life, AND most importantly, You know what you would be doing during your retirement.
DO NOT retire till you meet ALL 4 Pre-Conditions. And of course youshould not retire if you enjoy working and are getting paid for it!
The problem cases I know of are those who failed to meetPre-Condition #4.
When asked, "What would you be doing during your retirement?"some replied, "I will travel/cruise and see the World". They didthat, some for 3 months and then ran out of ideas. The golfersreplied, "I can golf every day." Most could not because they areno longer fit to play well enough to enjoy the game. Those who could,need to overcome another hurdle - they need to the find the"kakis" to play with them.
It's the same with mahjong, bridge, badminton, trekking and karaoke - you need "kakis"! Most could not find others who share their favourite game and playing/singing alone is no fun. AND when they dofind them, a few of them found that they are NOT welcomed like my obnoxious neighbour whom everyone avoids.
Thus if you are into group sports or games, you must form your groupsBEFORE you retire. You need to identify your "kakis", play with them and discover whether they "click" with you.
The less sporty "can read all the books bought over the years". Iknow of one guy who fell asleep after a few pages and ended up napping most of the time! He discovered that he did not like to read afterall. We do change and we may not enjoy the hobbies we had.
Routine Activities To Fill Your Week
For most people, your routine work activities are planned for you ordictated by others and circumstan ces. When you retire, you wake up to a new routine - one that you yourself have to establish as nobodyelse would do it for you!
The routine to establish should keep your body, mind and spirit"sharpened". A good routine would comprise:
a) One weekly physical sport - you need to keep fit to enjoy yourretirement. If you are the non-sporty type, you should fire your maid and clean your home without mechanical aids. Dancing and baby sittingare good alternatives.
b) One weekly mind stimulating activity - e.g. writing, studyingfor a degree, acquiring a new skill, solving problems or puzzles, learn or teach something. You need to stimulate your mind to stayalive because the day you stop using your brain is the day you start to die.
c) One weekly social activity - choose one involving lots offriends/neighbours. Get yourself accepted as a member to at least 3 interests groups. Unless you prefer to be alone, you do need friendsmore than ever as you get older and less fit to pursue your sport.
d) One weekly community service activity - you need to give toappreciate what you have taken in this life. It's good to leave some kind of legacy.
With 4 weekly activities, you got 4 days out of 7 covered. Theremaining 3 days should be devoted to family related activities. In this way, you maintain a balance between amusing yourself and yourfamily members. Any spare time should remain "spare" so that you can capitalise on opportunities that come your way like responding toan unexpected request to do a job or to take advantage of cheap fares to see places or to visit an exhibition.
Mind stimulating activities
Most judges live to a ripe old age. They use their brains a lot todecide on cases. I am sure MM Lee's brain works overtime. He's 80+ and still going strong. In "Today" you would have read of 2inspiring oldies. One is a granny who learned to play the guitar at age 60 to entertain her grandchildren. She's 70+ today and thosegrandchildren have grown to play with her. Another is an Indian radiologist who on retirement, qualified as an acupuncturist. He'sage 77 and still offers his services (by appointment only) including free ones to those who have no income. I guarantee you that they arehappy people who discovered a "2nd wind" to take them to the sunset with a smile on their faces. Mind stimulating activities are hard to identify. They require yourwill to do something useful with the rest of your life, a mindset change and the discipline to carry it through.
Your Bucket List
Despite your busy routine, you will at times be bored. Then it'stime to turn to your Bucket List. Your bucket list contains a list of things to do before you kick thebucket. They are not routine and are usually one off activities. You need them to have something to look forward to. These includeanniversaries, trips (and pilgrimages) , visits to friends and relations abroad, re-doing your home, attending conferences (relatedto your hobbies), acquiring a new set of expertise. 4 such activities that are spaced our quarterly would be ideal.
Retirement Is A Serious Business
If you can afford to retire and want to, do prepare to live to yourfullest. You need to be fit to enjoy it - therefore get into shape now. You do not want to get up on a Monday and wonder what to do eachweek, therefore identify your set of weekly routine activities now and try them out to confirm that they are the activities that you will belooking forward to doing each week, week after week. You bucket list of "rewards" or "projects" or "challenges" is needed tohelp you break away from the routine thereby make live worth living. Start listing what you fancy and refine it as you chug along in yourretirement. You will have so much fun, you would wish you were retired since your turned 21!