Do you have an inkling of what your next career will be?
I have to state that I need the time to answer your question. The first thing I have said is, I am going to take a five-month sabbatical. I’m going to travel in May, and I’m going to spend the summer in Ipswich with my toes curled in the sand. In October, I’m going to make this decision.
What else has changed about the way we look at retirement?
The recession threw a monkey wrench into a lot of people’s retirement plans. People don’t want a retirement like their parents had; they want much more active engagement, and we don’t have any models yet. So, everybody is trying to figure it out on their own. If you lived in a job you didn’t like and wanted to fish, that would be fabulous. But if you’ve always done things that interested you, then what?
But along with the uncertainty, there are perhaps more options?
When my father retired, they didn’t have part-time jobs. They didn’t have consulting. You retired, and you were done. Now, for some people, it’s volunteer work, for some a part-time job. A lot of people over 55 are starting their own business. For other people, it will be curling their toes in the sand at the beach. It’s really wide open.