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THE PLEASURES AND PAINS OF RETIREMENT

By Kiron Shenoy

 

The other day I got a forward from a friend which showed the advantages of retiring at 50 and the disadvantages of retiring at 65 years.


Frankly speaking at 65 Years I never think of wholesale retirement because over the past 15-20 years I have only slowed down my physical running around but surprisingly activated my thinking & mental capacities surely by 50%! I have let go of a lot of materialistic things and decluttered my life from all sides. Life has certainly become more beautiful & fulfilling.

As some wise man said-the sooner you leave the circle of power and money, and get rid of the shackles of fame & luxury-the happier you will be and the longer you will be able to live a basic life.



When my father retired in 1986 at the age of 58, I always felt he ought to get into some part-time activity -but either it did not work out or he was not willing to do so. It shocked me to see him age rapidly every year, as if he was aging 2 biological years in one calendar year!!

I still have some wonderful friends who even in their 70s enjoy coming to office for a few hours or even play a few sets of absorbing Tennis. They exude happiness because internally they are satisfied and thankful for whatever they have achieved and got. As grand-parents we can always enjoy in the beautiful banter & WhatsApp video calls with our grand Children. Besides, we are thrilled when our children achieve anything & do well in life.


Decades back I had read a survey done in USA which said the retirement age was 72.5 years. Now there is research which says it is closer to 80years!!


Having enjoyed quite a few luxuries and fulfilled a lot of one’s desires probably the retirement begins mentally when you know that your wants & needs are taken care.


These are the “sunrise” years and not sunset ones. Enjoy!

God Bless….

 

Kiron Shenoy is a happy man. He's here to share his stories. Email him at hello@kironshenoy.com to tell him what you think.

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