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On Retirement: Living, Travelling & Working Until I Die

 

Retirement, A Nice Place To Live

I always tell people, I’m going to work until I die and for some reason it seems to spark a bit of a sore point with pensions being inadequate and self employment not being a great route to go down to support yourself when you’re old and grey.. but I don’t mean it like that! I’m actually so excited at the prospect of never stopping, still exploring the world in my 70s, having a little crash pad in my favourite cities and sharing my designs and makes on whatever crazy platform exists by then. I wonder how technology will move and change by the time I’m at ‘retirement age’?

Hobbie Ideas

I can’t understand people that are of the opinion that they want to retire early to laze around on a bucket load of cash or worse, win the lottery – wouldn’t you be so bored? What’s the point of money if you don’t have the desire to get out and the big plans to spend it?

My Great Aunt & Uncle (sort-of-in-law) are retired and living off an investment they made a few years ago, yet they still nurture an amazing flower and vegetable garden, have an online business selling fabulous handmade cushions and travel all over the world, filling their fridge with a new magnet from each location. Plus they’re always upcycling a new piece of furniture they picked up at the auction. These guys are my total role models for retirement!

Sea, Beach, Coast, Cornwall

Retirement: Living, Travelling

With this in mind, McCarthy & Stone asked me to share the results of their Colour Report with you and I’m just so pleased to see 79% of over 55s said they feel younger than their true age! Hell, my next door neighbour who is in his 90s is up and about before me every morning and I’ve definitely seen him come home super late in a taxi on an evening!

My 92 year old Grandma, who you met in my Seven Ways To Hang Out With Your Grandparents post, insists on still living alone. She still enjoys a good glass (or 5) of wine at our family gatherings and up until very recently was still going out to Spain to see my Uncle on a regular basis.

According to the Colour Report, 83% of retirees spend more time exercising and hanging out outdoors since giving up work. My ex-boss’s mother lives in a retirement home, but he can never get her on the phone – she’s always out with her new friends, enjoying BBQ night or having a gossip in the laundry room. Retirement is an opportunity for a more colourful life, away from a desk or a cubicle.

Retirement, Lets Do This

Thoughts on Staying Active in Retirement

My goals and dreams have always been the same: to run my own business, to make an incredible home and to travel and learn something new as often as humanly possible.. I don’t plan on changing my mind just because I’m a little older and slower and have more grey hairs ;) I definitely look up to people that don’t see age as a restriction as role models for the future.

What do you think you’ll do in retirement?

Loves x xx

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posted by onetenzeroseven in Topical,Travel and have Comments (2)
  • Frances B

    I think having a zest for life is so important – which is why it’s equally important to love what you do and do what you love! My Great Aunt Margo is an incredible role model – at 80 years of age, she still goes to yoga and for a jog every week, still works as an editor and community manager for a travel agency, still socialises like she’s in her twenties and still sees life as an adventure to be experienced as much as possible.

    I definitely aspire to be like her when I’m 80 and in all my years before then!

  • http://www.amberloveblog.com Amber Davey

    Fab post! I too would be so so bored, when I retire I will hopefully continue to travel and explore the world, maybe be an old travel hippy blogger haha :’)