Why I Never Want To Retire
I get asked a lot recently about my ‘plans for the future’ and whether I’ve set up a pension plan, getting ready for retirement. At 26 years young, I find it very strange to be asked these kinds of questions. But also, as someone who is self employed, I guess it’s something I do need to think about. After all, if I’m not paying into a pension plan no one else will be doing it for me. That makes me think about retirement, and those long days of doing nothing. To some, it sounds like a dream. To me, it sounds like my idea of hell.
I guess the question you really have to ask yourself is, why retire? If you’re working in the city, doing a job that pays the bills, then retirement may seem like it can’t come soon enough. However, if you’re like me, and doing something you really love, then I can’t think of anything worse than retiring. And who says I have to? I could easily carry on writing until I’m 112, if I really wanted to. As long as my eyesight stays intact and my fingers don’t fall off, I’m willing to bet that I’ll be writing up until my last days. Because it’s something I truly adore and I can’t imagine going a day without doing it.
Days of Doing Nothing
Hopefully, I won’t cause any offense with this statement but being retired looks boring as heck. I’ve seen people’s grandparents whiling their days away watching Great British Bake Off reruns and knitting countless pairs of socks for the winter. To me, it doesn’t sound like any idea of fun. It must be boring, and for many, lonely. However, I also see a lot of people’s grandparents who haven’t really retired. They’re working odd jobs, part time, just for something to do. Filling the days is vital, if you’re going to suddenly go from working full on to stopping altogether. Of course, there are some days I dream of doing nothing – just sitting on a beach, soaking up the sun and getting lost in a book. But that’s what holidays are for, if you ask me. I’m always itching to get back to work after a week of doing nothing.
The Joys of Writing
And I think that’s where I’m really lucky in what I do. Because I never have to spend days doing nothing; not if I don’t want to. Sure, I could make a small fortune and live off of my pension for years on end if I really wanted to. But, I don’t think that would ever stop me from writing. Whether that be writing blog posts about how fun it is to have a ton of money and a load of free time. Or penning my first ever novel; dozens of which I’ve started, none I’ve had the time to finish. There’s never going to come a day (hopefully) when the world doesn’t need writing in some form or another. From writing copy for leaflets through to writing stories for the newspapers, if people are willing to read then there will always be space for a writer.
Do What You Want
Now, I don’t want people to think that I’m totally against retiring. In fact, I can see the health benefits for those who have worked tough, strenuous jobs all their lives. You’re not exactly going to be doing yourself any favours working as a builder until you’re 90 (although I know some people who do). The point is, you can do exactly what you want to do. As long as you’re prepared for it, of course. If you want to retire to a deserted island and while your days away drinking cocktails then good for you. As long as you’ve got a healthy pension plan of course. However, if you want to carry on working until you can’t physically do so anymore, then good for you too.
And so, if in 60 years time you happen upon a bookstore filled with books written by yours truly then you can be happy in the knowledge that I’m doing exactly what I want. And I’m not knitting socks and watching GBBO reruns.