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Old 04-26-2011, 11:40 AM   #21
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As E. J. Zelinkski says in his books. One must replace (in retirement).

1) The sense of community that work provide
2) The sense of purpose that work provides
3) The structure that work provides
This makes a lot of sense to me, but only for other people. Fortunately, I am blessed with a natural indolence.
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:06 PM   #22
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I think there is *some* merit to this. When some people lose me is when they make it sound as if these things (sense of community, sense of purpose, structure) are *only* obtainable through traditional employment.
Also some make it sound as if 100% of humanity have a deep seated, undeniable NEED for these three things.

In retirement, I do enjoy having a some (very loose) structure and I have gradually established that for myself. It isn't hard to do.

Community? I live in a community. I don't need work for that.

Purpose? I think that implies a higher diety and I am not a Believer.
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:14 PM   #23
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I think there is *some* merit to this. When some people lose me is when they make it sound as if these things (sense of community, sense of purpose, structure) are *only* obtainable through traditional employment.
Well, all they've bothered to research of retirement is their impression of a bunch of people sitting around all day oozing from one floating boozefest to the next between blackouts naps. Then the (still working) researchers apply that sweeping generalization to the entire concept of retirement. We've heard all of the stereotypical comments about rusting on the front porch swing.

I like Malcolm Gladwell's explanation in "Outliers: Why Some People Succeed and Some Don't". He says an avocation should offer a fulfilling sense of
accomplishment, total creative control, and a flexible schedule. I've done far more of that in retirement than I ever did during my working years...
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Purpose? I think that implies a higher diety and I am not a Believer.
Not necessarily. Many people have a cause they believe in that has nothing to do with religion. Such a purpose could be to help reduce hunger, to educate more people, to raise funds to cure cancer or any other disease, to support a political cause, to become "greener" in your eco-footprint, any number of things.

Sure, it doesn't mean you can't be "fulfilled" in retirement if you (generic 'you') don't have such a calling, but there are many secular ways in which someone can feel a purpose. And in retirement they may have more time and energy left to really engage it.
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That is a risk I am willing to take. Just like in investing, you must take some risks if want to receive the gain.
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