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68-year-old who ‘un-retired’ shares the 4 biggest retirement myths ‘more people need to talk about’

Millennials and Generation Z have grown up in an era marked by radical change. As a result, their milestones, especially when it comes to retirement, will be different than those of older generations.

Life rarely goes exactly as we expect it to. In my early 50s, I had a near-death experience and was forced into early retirement in order to take care of my health. But at 62, after feeling bored, restless and stuck, I didn’t retire and started my career. coach company Helping people achieve a more fulfilling retirement than mine.

Here are four myths about retirement that more people need to talk about:

Myth #1: Life follows a linear path.

Many baby boomers believe that life is divided into three main chapters: getting an education; getting a job and getting married; and then retiring and enjoying time off.

But life is more resilient than that. People in their 60s and 70s are starting new careers and relationships all the time, and young people can achieve a balanced life well into their 65s.

Don’t wait until retirement to live the life you want. Tomorrow is never guaranteed, so take time to do activities you enjoy each day.

Let go of the stress of figuring it all out. At 62, I’ve started a business I never imagined in my 20s or 30s.

Myth #2: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Myth #3: Your 20s and 30s are your best years.

Our consumer society has created a saying that everything and everyone has a shelf life.

but until half According to the Stanford University Longevity Center, the current life expectancy for a 5-year-old in the United States is 100. Young people cannot simply decide to end their lives at 65. They will stay like this for almost 40 years.

Roman philosopher Cicero wrote: “Old age is the crown of life”. Observe the activity and joy of the elders. Ask them what physical, mental and community activities keep them engaged. You might be surprised to learn that they don’t actually feel old on the inside.

Soon you too will be an elder, so it is in your best interest to understand what challenges you will face and what joys you may find.

Myth #4: There is no point in thinking about death.

It might sound strange to put death first, but I considered myself immortal until I was 52 years old. Then my oncologist told me I had six months to live. Thankfully, the diagnosis was wrong, but what a wake-up call.

Benedictine monks are encouraged to “keep death in front of their eyes every day” so that they can live more fully and transcendentally.

I found that remembering that death could come at any moment took away my mindless pursuit and worry. It allows me to be more engaged and do more of the things that really matter to me.

grow your own garden

My best life advice is to have compassion for yourself. Whatever you do, follow your own North Star. Everyone has different good and difficult journeys.

Keep doing what you love, master your skills, and acknowledge your progress.

When you cultivate your own garden – your unique skill and passion – you are always awake in the present moment.

george jegian yes author “Dare to discover your purpose: retire, refire, reconnect.” An Emmy Award-winning producer and author of 10 books, he has a business degree from the University of Bradford, UK, and an MA in Journalism from New York University.Follow him on Twitter @GeorgeJerjian.

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