You’ve probably daydreamed about what you want to do when you no longer have to withstand the 9-to-5 routine. But do you know when you want retirement to become a reality?
The average retirement age for people in the US is 65 for men and 63 for women.¹ However, there’s a large group of people who continue to work past 65. Two motivations that could be contributing to this situation are:
They choose to work but don’t have to.
They have no choice but to keep working.
It’s apparent that the first option might be preferable to the latter – even if you love what you do.
Here’s why: having the choice is better than having no choice at all. Imagine that as you approach the time when you want to retire that you love your job and experience a lot of satisfaction in what you do. But there’s no option for you to stop even if you wanted to because of bills or obligations to yourself or your family.
As you approach retirement age – whatever that may be – there could be other things in your life that matter to you that come into conflict with the job you love. Some of these “other things” may include (but aren’t limited to) spending time with family, volunteering at an organization you’re passionate about, traveling the world, etc. Except for a lucky few, most can’t both traveling around the world AND work the job they love. That’s when having the resources to choose comes in handy.
It’s important to have a strategy to reach your retirement goals, whether it’s retiring at age 65 or earlier. Having a plan in place doesn’t mean you absolutely have to retire. But at least you’ll have the flexibility to do so!
¹ “Average Retirement Age In The United States,” Dana Anspach, The Balance, Oct 25, 2021, http://bit.ly/2nW9AWJ.