Let's retire the word 'retirement'
The word was invented in the 1930s, to force older workers out of the workforce so that jobs would be available for the young. Now that you do not have to retire at a certain age, you have choices. You may choose to continue to work, whether paid or in a voluntary capacity, or take a pension from your own funds or from the Government. Other words to describe this time in your life may be 'renewment', 'refocusment', or 'reimagination'. All are slightly clumsy and not particularly descriptive of that time in your life, when you transition to a different life. This life is one of meaning and purpose, that may not involve work. My favorite word now is 'rewirement' suggesting a re-think of what is important. What ideas, words, or phrases do you use?
Posted by Helene Strawbridge on 3rd April, 2011 | Comments (1) | Trackbacks
Tags: positive ageing, transition to retirement, planning for retirement
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