Why I Don’t Want to Retire Early

Early Retirement. For many, it’s an impossible dream. For others, it’s a reality thanks to years of savings or planned inheritance. I can’t imagine anything worse than leaving the workforce, because other than work, I’m uninspired by life.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d appreciate more flexibility in how I spend my time — I’d love to be able to take morning art classes during the week or go for bike rides in the early afternoon, it’s just the idea of actually retiring seems so depressing. Getting to work means getting to be a part of something where the sum of your own creations adds up to something even greater than what you could do on your own. And it’s exciting to be part of an organization that is properly financed so this can be accomplished.

If my job required mundane, repetitive tasks, perhaps I’d feel differently. But I can’t imagine going years without working, even later in life, until my mind is gone and my body is frail. Work isn’t just about money, it’s about having the space and freedom to create. I hope, even if I somehow find my way to financial independence, my passion for work never leaves me.

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7 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Want to Retire Early”

  1. I don't know that I want to necessarily retire early, but I really like the idea of having the money in the bank to have that option. Or for example, to buy a house with cash instead of taking out a mortgage. Money buys that flexibility and those options.

    Work is also a great way of exercising my brain that I'm not sure I would necessarily find somewhere else. I'm pretty sure that extended travel isn't for me.

    Haven't you considered staying home with kids? That's something that would be afforded by having a lot of money in the bank.
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    1. I work in marketing for early-stage, fast-growth companies. Though my goal is to found our co-found my own companies in the long term.

  2. Extremely pleased to read the line 'Work isn’t just about money; it’s about having the space and freedom to create'! Yes, it is. Freedom is the earnest demand for everyone and doing what is desirable is a key to be free and getting charm of life. Though I'm not so hard working but like to be attached with my simple job till end as the loneliness makes me frustrated. Hope your desire about keeping passion for work never ends. Thanks for sharing your 'inspiring' strength.
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  3. I am also looking forward to retirement so that I can focus my attention on my business. But so far I must say I have loved my work, and my looking forward to retirement isn't about being bored by the work but rather wanting to pursue other businesses.
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