So you saved all this dough. You did what all the financial planners said to do. Now you can retire at age 65. Then what will you do? Have you been just waiting for retirement so you can do a million different things on your bucket list? More power to you. But what if you don’t have a bucket list? What if your bucket is empty? What if your bucket is filled with nothing but superficial stupid stuff? What then?
Remember, You won’t be able to rely on your company to tell you what your purpose is. So you might want to figure out, what is your REASON for retiring? The question isn’t what are you retiring from, it’s what are you retiring TO? All the money in the world, all the perfect preparations, will not save you from having nothing to do.
Start now, if you haven’t already, and work towards figuring out what matters to you. What drives you. What you are passionate about. If you don’t know the answer to those questions, then it’s time to take a big ol’ leap into the unknown to find out. Time for some therapy, some volunteering, some soul searching, some bone jarring upheaval, because if you don’t do something you will end up being empty and if you think empty is bad at your age, try being empty at retirement.
Fill up now.
Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily