Retirement Yenta has always had her hands in a little bit of everything. She is a true Yenta in that way. Busy, busy, busy body. That is her way. But now, dear Readers, as this little Yenta approaches her impending retirement, she yearns for a simpler life. Maybe not as simple as her childhood back in the Wilds of Connecticut, but simpler than where it is now. Your dear Yenta has been working on this since she started this blog. Retirement Yenta now cooks the Shabbos dinner, she shampoos in coconut shampoo to remind herself of the beach, she has cleaned off her bookshelves, and thrown out her possessions. Still to come is sitting on Miami Beach while working on a per project basis (also known as her Partial Retirement). Retirement Yenta says: “Simplify, you will feel gratified!” (Retirement Yenta dedicates this blog to her friend, Susan. Shhhhh, I won’t tell anyone.)
During this recent economic downturn, Retirement Yenta has seen many people her age downsized. While it is not fun to be let go from a job you have held for many years, Retirement Yenta thinks it can sometimes be a blessing in disguise. This week, your dear Yenta was reading the New York Times online and ran into an article about the Unemployed Over 50 crowd and how there are fears of not returning to the workforce. To this, Retirement Yenta wants to assert her ideas of semi-retirement, or partial retirement. If this little Yenta had been downsized at the age of 55, she would not go looking for a job back in corporate America, she would run to her local Urban Outfitters and become a part-time sales associate.
[Note: The Retirement Yenta is practicing her retirement and celebrating the High Holy Days today. Earlier this week, she asked me (her goy assistant) to post today’s tip. Shana Tova!]
Retirement Yenta suggested in her brilliant tip #160 that you Consider Partial Retirement. Today, your dear Yenta would like to expound on the importance of finding what level of retirement best suits your personality and lifestyle. This little Yenta knows that retirement is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Some of her dear Readers may find that full retirement (as soon as possible) to be a great fit, while, on the other hand, another dear Reader may find that 50% retirement (working 20 hours a week) to be more to their liking. Yet, other dear Readers may consider 90% retired a good level or even 10% retired. Retirement Yenta would like to recommend that her dear Readers try on a few different styles of retirement before taking the plunge into the Retirement Pool. Remember dear Readers, Retirement Practice makes Perfect.
That’s right, Retirement Yenta is not yet ready to retire. She’s been “trying it on” for a while now…a week or two here and there. What your dear Yenta has noticed is that she enjoys having projects and work to do. By the end of a second week of “practice retirement,” this little Yenta is chomping at the bit to get back to work. Retirement Yenta has a friend who says “idle hands are the devil’s playground”–and she knows how easy it is to get bored and stir up some trouble. SO, dear Readers, with this in mind, Retirement Yenta urges you to consider stepping into the Retirement Pool slowly–one toe at a time. Consider backing off your hours at your job and starting to find your way around life with free time…this way it won’t come as a shock to your system when you go “full time retiree status.”