When Will I Retire? Here’s My Honest Answer…

When Will I Retire? Here’s My Honest Answer…

The question regarding retirement, as I see it. Does one HAVE TO go to work or does one GET TO go to work? Those that go to work because they have to go to work certainly look forward to the day they can say goodbye to their job. Those individuals that really enjoy going to work obviously have no desire to retire.  Fortunately, I have been blessed with a really enjoyable occupation and a bunch of wild and crazy patients—many of which have become good friends over time.

For those that really enjoy their jobs, I would encourage them to keep working. For those that have retired or those that are looking forward to retirement, I would encourage them to stay active in social groups and/or with a hobby.  

While writing this, my friend Steve just pulled in with his post-retirement hobby. He is one that worked hard for many years looking forward to the day he was able to say goodbye to his job. He did say goodbye about one month ago and true to form he just purchased his new hobby and stopped by to show it to us. Good for him!  (FYI: I had the picture taken to have Roxy think I was buying it).

I recently read a study of city employees in New York City which showed a 50% death rate within 5 years of retirees that went home and sat down, watched TV and ate chips.  No one wants to work hard all their life to have it end up in that type of situation. We should all remember that life is not about ourselves but about sharing life with others.

So whether you’re counting down the days until you can say goodbye to your job or hoping to work as long as possible—plan your life in a way that’s right for you and that keeps you engaged and satisfied.

So there ya’ go–that's your lesson for today!

Dr. Madsen

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Dan Madsen

Dr. Madsen is a family doctor in Chillicothe, Ohio.