The word pension has so many negative associations that I don’t think it will ever recover. Similarly, retirement is not about getting old and eating meals from a tray in front of the TV. The word retirement, similar to pensions, is on its way to oblivion.
So the search is on for a new term to describe that thing that happens when you don’t want to work anymore.
I often ask clients to think about what they would most like to do in life. What are their long held ambitions? What would they do if they were guaranteed an endless amount of money? Where would they go? How would they feel? What would they see? Then, finally, what would they do each day, day-in-day-out?
Having fun without a care in the world sounds a bit like a gap year. It’s the stuff 18-21 year olds are smart enough to know about way ahead of their years in a way. But what if you could stay on your gap year permanently? What if your kids were all grown up, your mortgage paid off, no career to settle down to when reality hits at the end of your gap year? What if your gap year will never end?
Excited? Great, now you can start to plan for it so that it actually happens, sooner rather than later.