From the Editor
Retirement Ain't All It's Cracked Up to Be
My parents worked until they couldn't. Mom ran her own accounting business until she was in her 80s. Dad was a long-haul trucker into his 70s and only retired due to physical reasons.
Neither worked because they had too; they loved their jobs and saw no reason to give them up. Work was woven into their lifestyle.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree in my case. I'm 66 and still working with no desire to retire — at least not yet.
Unlike my parents, I am dependent on work to fully fund my budget (Social Security provides a nice foundation). But, honestly, I don't know what I'd do with myself if I retired.
My wife is into thrift store shopping and watches the Crazy Lamp Lady on YouTube endlessly. I enjoy spending time with her, but a few episodes in and I get antsy.
I have a few hobbies that occupy my time, but those only comprise an hour or two of my day at most.
So, I continue to work as a freelance writer and editor and have no intention of stopping.
Neither does Ed Britton, my podcast guest this week. He is a career coach who calls himself the "Not Retirement Rebel."
Ed inspired me to dedicate this issue to "not retiring." Practically everything you will see here revolves around it, especially in the Opportunity category. That's because, to me, retirement is spelled "o-p-p-o-r-t-u-n-i-t-y."
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