Talk about goin’ against the grain! That’s what you can say about Carrier Slocomb, who thinks all the talk about what boomers should do after retirement misses the whole point. What she counsels is, Resist Rest.
Maybe you have the same beef as me. Let’s see: With a show of hands, which would you say we Boomers read more often: articles on “Landing great jobs” or articles on “Making retirement more meaningful?”
Personally I have no idea, but that isn’t my point. What I want to know is (and maybe you do too), where are all those sweetly wise articles about working and never retiring?
Call this phenomenon “resisting rest.” You know, slowin’ but still goin’? We know it exists, but how much is being written about people working long past retirement age? Not-a-damned-thing!
Now let’s back up a minute. When you build a home, you work from blueprints. When you plan the year ahead for your business, you create quarterly goals. And when you shop for the holidays, you bring along your all-important list. Retirement has always followed a work-life, right?
No doubt some of you boomers are ready to retire, while still more of you can’t yet. But I won’t speak for you, because I speak for enough boomers when I say that, by now, we’ve all read plenty about what the older, much-maligned bread-earner’s chances are in Hell, and certainly more than we can stand about beaches in sunny Costa Rica! We don’t care . We want to know different!
Busy minds want to know.
It’s not like we don’t have examples, even role models for working past the point everyone thinks we should: famous people like actor Morgan Freeman, Senator Barbara Mikulski, the late Andy Rooney, along with many illustrious unknowns who were on someone’s payroll the day they passed. For them work is life, but never vice versa.
So, here’s my challenge. We have many examples of resisting rest, but we lack the perfect spokesperson. Is there one among you who will stand up and honestly say, “I love my job so much I’ll never quit?” Our recruiting sign is up and our office is on Main Street, but we should tell you, every interview’s followed by a lie-detector test.
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