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I guess I don’t know what being retired means.
Either that or it means something different to other folks.
I guess there is being really retired where you don’t do anything that might bring in some extra income.
For some retirement includes working part time to bring in some supplemental income.
Then, there is retired and going to work in an entirely new career field.
As well, there is retired and going to work as a high paid contractor or consultant in the field you retired from — don’t know about the “high paid” part of that.
Then, there is military retirement, which apparently isn’t really enough for anyone to live on, as all the military retirees I know are working full time towards a second retirement income.
Even though I went back to my former place of long-term employment for a short stint as a contractor, I was still retired. Sure, I was getting paid — better than what I was getting before I retired, I might add — for the work, but I was also getting a pension check.
And there was a difference in me that others noticed!
Before I retired, I couldn’t quit without putting my early retirement in jeopardy…, and I was not happy — stuck in a job I couldn’t leave. As a retiree coming back to work a contract, I always had a smile, something that was more rare than I realized before I left. I didn’t have to be there and, if I felt like it, I could leave with no adverse consequences other than the loss of pay and reduce likelihood of being asked back again.
Plus, I was getting to do the fun part of the job.
I’m retired and I don’t have plans to look for a new job. However, if I’m asked, like I was last time, to go back to work for a few months and I get to primarily do the fun parts of the job, I’ll do it.
Until then, Im really retired — I think.
In my recent post, I don’t wear a watch when…, one of the commenters said that she didn’t think I was really retired.
What does retirement mean for you? Do you want retirement without any other work or will retirement include working in some way for you or your significant other?