How does your post retirement life look like? Please do not include riding a horse by the beach.

@ykgoon It looks like it's not happening. I'll need to work too long and my health will crap out too soon.

@machado @ykgoon my life is so routine right now that I can’t comprehend retiring. It seems like I’ll be repeating the same work week forever. There’s all these life hacks for finding meaning for your life. Why is retirement planning only about financing?

@octesian @ykgoon Because being poor and old is terrifying. Things get really bleak when you outlive your money, especially if you are alone.

@machado @ykgoon I used to work in an assembly plant. I’d hear stories all the time about guys dying soon after retirement. Union jobs so they had a pension too. They just didn’t know what to do with their time.

@octesian @ykgoon I met some cases like this. The lack of structure and the isolation can really do a number on people.
In fact, every person I ever knew over 80 imposed some kind of structure to their lives, even if they didn't socialize much. The few exceptions spiraled into dementia fast.

@machado @octesian exactly what I thought. Retirement seems to be a topic even the sophisticated mid class folks don't have much original insights on. I guess it is THAT scary.

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I've been watching series of interviews on this topic from Real Vision. Think of it like a financial horror series, the facts are bleak.

But for lay people, the whole retirement narrative are all about money and not much else. That's a failure of imagination.

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@machado @octesian I'm guessing most imagined retirement look like a variation of lying on a beach sipping margarita. This is failure on so many levels I dunno where to begin.

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