May 21, 2023

Most Retirees Won’t Agree with Me…

When it comes to retirement, I've come to realize that my views are not the norm.

In fact, they've been met with ridicule and laughter. It seems the idea of retiring to a beach chair with a cool drink in hand is what most people dream of. In fact, in a survey I conducted of 100 adults over 55, only about 10% expressed a desire for a "Badass Retirement" - something that goes beyond the traditional and average retirement most people want.

But there are three types of retirees out there.

The first are those who are content with an average and traditional retirement - they are comfortable and happy with what they have. The second group are confused - they wanted an average and traditional retirement but have found that it's not as fulfilling as they thought it would be. And the third group are concerned - they know they want something different, but they're not sure what that is or how to get it.

For the most part, retirees are happy with their new lives.

They enjoy taking a step back, relaxing, and having more time for themselves. But my message isn't for those people. My message is for the few who feel underwhelmed by retirement, or those who are worried they will be bored or listless when they retire. If that sounds like you, then you're not alone.

When I first started questioning the idea of an average retirement, I thought I might be alone in my concerns. But I soon discovered that there are others out there who share my desire for more adventure, more meaning, and more fulfillment in retirement. When I published my Forbes article, "Rage Against Retirement," I was worried that it might come across as preachy or too ambitious. And while some readers did react negatively, many more responded positively - they shared my concerns and frustrations. 

If you're one of those people who wants more out of retirement than just an average existence, then welcome to the club.

We may not be a large group, but we are passionate about our desire for a fulfilling retirement. It's unfortunate that more retirees don't share our vision, because not everyone is happy with an average retirement. So, if you're looking for something more, something that goes beyond the norm, know that you're not alone.

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