Thoughts on Retirement

I am pleased that Brian, a long time SavvyReader and supporter of the blog, has agreed to share his thoughts on retirement.

Vocation

Vocation is rooted in the Latin word for voice, loosely translated it means a summons or call. The word has been secularized and reduced to meaning job or work.

Work, an inescapable reality for most of us. At times we feel that our lives are enhanced by it and at others depleted by it. SavvyJames, Blogger-in-Chief, asked an important question about retirement.

At what age do you plan to (or did you) retire? SavvyPoll Number Three

My response was never.

As I approached expanding my answer I thought about how differently many view retirement. I have 15 years of service with my current employer and I will retire from working for a living. Finally free to do all the things seemingly put off because of other life demands, the quality of [my] life will be powered by the energy from all of the things I love to do.

For my second career, I plan not to attach too much value to money, but rather make money through artistic pursuits.

“Find out what you love to do and you will never have to work a day in your life”

After working most of our lives to obtain our financial objectives and then finally having reached that goal, we look to retire with peace of mind. There may be a long list of things we want to experience, however the initial freedom can quickly fade.

Retirement is a long-term endeavor and because we have become SavvyReader’s we understand the importance of being fiscally and physically fit, for most of us that translates into a retirement that could last more than twenty-five years. Having reached this concluding goal, I do not want to find myself bored or unfulfilled.

Eternal Student

There is no line between vocation and avocation. I love learning and will often immerse myself in new technology. Exploring its use and utility in my life. That applied knowledge will provide opportunities for service, the service will provide an opportunity for income; whether it is technology, reading/writing or photography… the possibilities are infinite.

I look forward to my transformation from work to vocation.

Listen to the voice that calls you.

I Am

James
 

James retired in 2005 after serving 21 years in the United States Army. During the latter part of his career, James' interest in personal finance was piqued based on his own experiences and observations of the way most Americans plan – or more accurately, fail to plan – for retirement and the difficulty many face in starting the process. His most valued education has been lessons learned from personal experience and through conversations with smart, savvy friends.

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