My brother-in-law Gordon suggested this topic to me. I liked it because retirement today looks a lot different than 15 or 20 years ago. The resource industries were fairly healthy and those working in them thought they would retire between 60 and 65 just like their father’s did. Not so.
Times have changed and so have the attitudes on retirement. For one thing, there is no ‘retirement age’. Some people cannot retire because of financial reasons. Others are bored stiff. Volunteering sometimes is good but may not utilize your skills or allow you to mentor. For me, retirement is imaginary. My work will just continue to evolve and change.
For those who choose to stop work cold turkey there are some realities, especially if both you and your partner are retiring close together. If you have been together for many years, you likely have only been sharing time away from the workplace. Now you are now together 24/7 and, in today’s world, that may be the reality for the next 20 – 30 years. For some this can be a huge adjustment. Unless you and your partner understand each other well it can lead to conflict and relational disharmony.
This is another excellent use for the Myers-Briggs as it creates a basis for understanding each other better providing the knowledge and communication skills to avoid conflict and enjoy retirement, whatever that may look like for you.