Everywhere you turn there is another article on “Retirement.” But, what is retirement? Can we really speak of Retirement as a singular thing that we all experience?
The Oxford Dictionary defines retirement as: “the action or fact of leaving one’s job and ceasing to work.” There is an implication here that deserves to be teased out a bit. Retirement is reduced to a sense of stopping… it is “leaving” one’s job and “ceasing” to work.
I don’t think this is the most important element of Retirement.
Retirement can’t just be about stopping something. If it is to be successful, if it is to be meaningful and increase your happiness, it cannot be defined purely as an ending.
It is also a beginning.
When you retire, you retire FROM work.
But, the bigger question is: What do you retire TO?