Late in March, Tanya, over at Our Next Life ran a couple of posts about using the term “retirement” honestly. If you continue to make some money on the side, through blogging or other means, are you truly “retired?” Tanya makes some good points about being honest with young people, who may get the impression that if they just save, they can retire early and presto…everything will be both hunky and dory!
As I mentioned in a post long ago, I had friends who told me, “You didn’t retire…you just quit.” , So when we met with our financial adviser last month, I asked her if she considered us retired, even though we continue to make some money. Here’s what she said:
If you don’t NEED to make money…If you can live comfortably on your retirement income (pensions) and investments,
then YES…YOU ARE RETIRED!
She went on to say that if we continue to pursue other activities which we enjoy, and by chance make a little cash on the side, well, that’s just the icing on the cake. We can pick and choose how we spend our time (another element of retirement.)
But here’s the rub…
In my little side hustle, I do some administrative support gigs for a few clients. Document production, organization management, event coordination – things like that. They are jobs that I can generally do from anywhere, on my own schedule.
Except that I forgot to pace myself…I kept saying, “Sure, I can help you with that!” And before you know it, I was missing from my blog. For almost a month. Because I had work to do…..
Almost like a real job! Ewwwwwwwwww! Enough of that nonsense. I’m retired! Remember?