that according to the Oxford English dictionary, retirement means: ‘The action or fact of leaving one’s job and ceasing to work’, or ‘the period of one’s life after retiring from work’. Why is this a problem?
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics nearly one-third of all Australians, that’s 4.4 million Australians, do voluntary work contributing 704.1 million hours of labour. We know that remaining active and engaged in life is essential to living a long, happy, and healthy life. However, who would have guessed that volunteering could provide these physical and mental benefits to how we age?
The other day I was walking down the street and I noticed someone wearing a t-shirt with this slogan:
“It took me 60 years to be this good looking.”
The pursuit of youth and desire to remain young niggles. Just yesterday a friend and I were walking through an area filled with young people. We admired their youth and talked about the beauty of youth in our own children. In almost the same breath we both agreed that we love being exactly our age (we’re both baby boomers), despite our grey hair, wrinkles, age spots, saggy knees, and the increasing appearance of veins in our legs.
So, when I read or see stories about David Sinclair’s pursuit to develop an anti-ageing pill I become a little annoyed. When my 12-year-old daughter saw the story in the Good Weekend recently, she had this to say:
Yes. Well, no. Well, maybe. But not completely.
OK. So retiring is a big decision. But, what is it exactly?
According to The Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary, to retire is “to leave office or employment, especially because of age”. I guess ultimately, that’s what we all aspire to – not working. Or is it?