"What is the one question you’d like a retired person to answer for you?"
As the final question included in my newest book, Living a Satisfying Retirement, I thought this would be a very interesting way to wrap things up. Asked of those who have yet to retire, I wondered if there was one key question that was central to a pre-retiree's concerns.
Whether the question was about finances, how to best spend one's time, or knowing when to stop work, the underlying query was really the same: looking to ease a feeling of uncertainty. Retirement can be a radical shift in our lifestyle. It comes with no guarantees. It is only natural we'd like to be sure of the terrain before we leap.
Here is a sampling of some of those questions my respondents would love to pose to those who have gone before:
I’d like to know why it seems like so many “old” people become bitter and negative, and then you have those “rare” old people who are enthusiastic about life, stay positive and keep fit. Is that something the positive-minded person has to really work hard at? Did they make a deliberate decision to not complain about their aches and pains, and to see the world as a beautiful place? Or is this how they were all their life?
Janice N. How did you identify activities/goals that provide the same satisfactions you received from work? In my case those were using my education & experience, socializing, making a contribution, complex problem solving, etc.
This is a sampling of the answers
to just this one question. Nearly two dozen more provide the same
thoughtful and helpful guidance for you, whether you are already retired or
still moving in that direction. Living a Satisfying Retirement provides real
life insight from those already living and planning their own retirement
I hope you'll consider buying a copy for you, a family member, or friend. It could be the best $2.99 you have invested in living a satisfying retirement.