“Retirement still means not working for a wage and having more time for yourself.”
Now that is a truly revolutionary, if not, eye-opening statement one does not often encounter daily.
How many of our youth today ever think of what retirement is, what it is all about and what it entails for any person to enjoy its material and immaterial benefits? Perhaps, only one in several thousand or even in a million. It is something we do not look forward to, especially when we are young, strong and healthy. But it is a reality we cannot escape.
The concept of “not working for a wage” seems a farfetched or improbable condition that many uninformed individuals would find hard to comprehend. For those not grounded on the value of saving, in particular, the idea of a pension fund will certainly be foreign. But it is simply that: Saving for your future year of retirement with the aid of a government retirement insurance fund -- or a pension, as it is commonly known.
But the second aspect in retirement is the less appreciated reality although it is the most desired by all people: “having more time for yourself”. Although in these times of interconnectedness, being self-sufficient or, in the extreme case, having a sort of monastic life is passé, we all still need to find time we can spend the way we all want to spend it. Financial freedom provides that for us, whether we are young or old. Retirement, however, is a unique opportunity to spend years on end, in fact the rest of your life, to pursue something passionately. In that sense, those who spend most of their lives during their prime and even in their retirement years doing what they enjoy most are the happiest people of all.
Still, with the help of Corliss, achieving that life-long dream in your retirement years is not a bad bargain. It is what we might call our “last hurrah”.