Reimagining retirement – what does retirement look like for you?

September 8, 2023
What does retirement really look like

What does “modern retirement” look like? 

Something we have noticed here at MBC Wealth over the years is that the definition of retirement has changed. Retirement was an endpoint to a career, a time to slow down, and a period of relaxation.  However, as we live longer and healthy lives, we have seen people’s ideas of what retirement is, evolve as individuals seek greater fulfillment in their lives.   The concept of retirement is changing. Today, more and more people are choosing to embrace retirement on their own terms, redefining what the golden years truly mean. 

Clients that we work with are taking charge of their future, pursuing their passions, and creating a fulfilling life post-career.  Below are some key areas that we see as important for a fulfilling retirement.


Rethinking Retirement:

Traditionally, retirement has been viewed as a stage of life where individuals withdraw from work completely and embrace a leisure-oriented lifestyle. However, this traditional view fails to capture the diverse aspirations and potentials of individuals. People are reimagining retirement as a new beginning—a phase that allows them to explore their passions, contribute to society, and live a purposeful life.


Financial Independence:

Retiring on your own terms begins with careful financial planning. Achieving financial independence early in life enables individuals to have greater flexibility in retirement. By saving and investing wisely, people can create a solid financial foundation that supports their desired lifestyle, giving them the freedom to pursue their dreams and ambitions without being limited by financial constraints.


Pursuing Passions and Hobbies:

Retirement offers a unique opportunity to delve into passions and hobbies that may have been put on hold during a busy career. Whether it’s painting, writing, gardening, or learning a new instrument, individuals can now devote more time and energy to activities that bring them joy and fulfillment. This rekindling of personal interests can lead to a renewed sense of purpose and creativity.


Volunteering and Giving Back:

Retirement provides an ideal chance to give back to the community and make a positive impact on the world. Many retirees are choosing to engage in volunteer work, mentorship programs, or even starting their own non-profit organizations. By leveraging their skills, knowledge, and experience, retirees can contribute meaningfully to society while also finding personal fulfillment in helping others.


Lifelong Learning:

Retirement doesn’t mark the end of learning; instead, it opens up a world of endless possibilities for personal growth and intellectual stimulation. Many retirees are enrolling in courses, attending workshops, or pursuing further education to explore new subjects and expand their horizons. Lifelong learning not only keeps the mind active but also enhances self-confidence and provides new avenues for social connections.


Travel and Adventure:

Retirement is the perfect time to embark on new adventures and explore the world. Freed from the constraints of work schedules, retirees can travel at their own pace and immerse themselves in different cultures, landscapes, and experiences. Whether it’s a road trip across the country, backpacking through exotic destinations, or simply discovering hidden gems in their own backyard, retirement offers the freedom to create unforgettable memories.


Maintaining Social Connections:

Retirement doesn’t mean isolation; in fact, it can be an opportunity to forge deeper connections and cultivate new relationships. Retirees can join social clubs, participate in community activities, or reconnect with old friends. Additionally, technology enables retirees to connect with like-minded individuals worldwide through online communities, allowing them to share experiences, exchange ideas, and build a supportive network.


Retiring on your own terms is not something that happens without good planning and preparation.  The sooner you start planning your retirement the better prepared you are to retire on your own terms. We’ve put together a handy guide to help get you started (Link to Transition to Retirement guide from here). If you’re ready to start the planning for your retirement, we’d love to hear from you.