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May 10, 2006


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My parents are over 65 or near it, and they definitely are not 'retired'. When I ask them about it, they just say they'll be bored out of their minds if they stop working. So they have a line of work that will transition them into their Golden Years.

As much as people love golf, you really can't play every single day when you're retired.

"Work forever" is not viable. I'm not saying 65 should be the retirement date for everybody, but I am saying that there is a big difference between 65 and 85. At some point, even the most robust, vigorous person will be old, tired, sore, achey, mentally dulled, etc. Working in this condition voluntarily has to be a bummer. Working in this condition out of a sense of necessity is horrible. I personally would like to retire by 45 or 50.

It really is a matter of personal drive. I don't want to be working for someone other than myself past 45. Improving income streams from projects I love is another matter, and I'd also hope to spend a lot of my time in my maturity devoting time to personal causes, community service, teaching etc... A life of complete leisure? Wouldn't happen. But a life of focused work done at my leisure is another matter entirely.

I agree with a lot of the comments here. Why is the retirement age 65? Why not 30? If parents throughout the world,including our own, knew the power of the rule of 72, where and how to save/invest their money then we all should be retired at 30. Retirement has nothing to do with age but everything to do with money. If all of us had enough money coming in to pay our living expenses and do the things we loved to do, whether they be "work" or leisure then what does it matter if we are 65, 45 or 25?

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