It’s believed that poll results released last week by Sun Life are the first ever to show that more Canadians expect to work past age 65 than retire. The reasons vary, but most say it’s their plan to keep working full or part-time simply to pay their bills.
Retirement parties are reserved for the lucky these days. The era of a gold watch at 65 and endless days spent puttering in a workshop or volunteering is long gone. In the broadcasting industry, few performers ever mark an actual retirement. It’s mostly a privilege given to the executives who have managed to dodge rounds of cuts. It’s usually for those who decide who gets knocked off the ladder rungs below the one they’re on.
Although I’d love the freedom of choosing what to do every day, actual retirement doesn’t hold a lot of appeal. I do know that if money wasn’t an issue, I’d quit full-time work in a heartbeat because, as much as I love what I do, I have enough interests to keep me busy and so many places I’d like to see. But both hubby and I expect to do some form of work until it’s no longer possible. We have dreams of building furniture out of reclaimed materials and we’ve amassed stockpiles of wood and other finds with that goal in mind, even just as a hobby.
I’ll tell you who I don’t admire. People like Howard Stern, who have millions and millions of dollars but continue to do a daily radio show and a demanding television show, and then complain about how overworked they feel. Financial freedom is supposed to buy you the power of choice, and even a little selfishness. Stern spends all of his vacation time at America’s Got Talent and then bitches about feeling burned out. I realize it’s not about me, but it insults me anyway. Show a little respect for those of us who have to work every day, and use your good fortune to create a better life that’s not worth bitching about.