Let's get this straight. If you can afford to retire and you want to retire then go for it! It's a great opportunity to live life as it was meant to be lived.
Except that not everyone wants to retire.
And anyway, retirement is just a word.
Case in point, Barbara Beskind. She got her dream job. Ever since she was ten years old, she wanted to be an inventor. Now, she is working in silicon valley - where all the computer bits are made.
She's 91 years old! Not too old to start a new job and not too old to start the job she wanted.
Elderly people, she says, bring experience that can't be taught. Darn right.
And she has some very sage words of advice such:
"the beauty of being 91 is that you can look back and see how the little pieces fit into the big pieces of life, and life is a complete puzzle."
"Age is no barrier to performance."
and "Don't let 'old' become your identity. Everyone has untapped resources. You just have to find them. They may be in music, they may be in childcare, they may be in volunteering at the hospital or the library. I think with the aging, you so often lose your identity"
Beskind uses her
day-to-day life as a test lab for her designs, like modifying ski poles
she bought at Costco to help her get around.
Barbara Beskind - truly showing Age No Limit
Age not barrier tech designer 91 lands her dream job