They’ve got it all wrong about baby boomers!

 
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?”

Carrier Slocomb

Carrier Slocomb

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!

IMG_1046Like, where’s our meaningful blueprint on how to land and keep that one great job we can stay with to the bitter end? You know, where we die at ourdesks instead of at the 14th hole?

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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2 Comments

  1. I do not want to make retirement more meaningful nor stay at my job, because after thirty years I am over getting up each morning and going to the office. Like many boomers I’m building my presence on the net. That way instead of fitting life around work I can fit work into my life. I’m ready to boom on.

  2. Hey Carrie and Claude!

    Well, I can’t say for sure that I never want to quit what I’m doing because I might one day want to hang it all up. Who knows what the future will bring.

    I will tell you though that when my Dad retired at the age of 65 he thought he wanted to play golf every single day. Gosh he did love his golf and he did play almost everyday for three months straight. Then one day he told my Mom that he was bored.

    Yeah… My Dad bored playing golf! We all almost had a heart attack over that one but he realized that he “thought” that’s what he wanted but his mind was still in overdrive. Know what he did at 65? He started his own business.

    Sure, he didn’t work five days a week 24 hours a day like he had but he made his own hours and because of all the relationships he had built throughout his career, that helped him with a smooth transition into this new venture.

    His health eventually made him have to quit that who starts their own business after retirement? I say we should all work until we decide we don’t want to anymore. I know for me I will never be able to sit on my butt and do nothing. Might as well just put me under now.

    Thanks for sharing this and go baby boomers!

    ~Adrienne

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