Thanks to a book on retirement and many sundry articles on retirement planning….and people realizing (perhaps) my limited ability to talk on other topics….we do end up talking a lot about retirement.
This is how they react…I have a little conveniently summarised them as follows:
people in the 20s – ‘what are you talking about?’ retirement happens to grandfathers!
people in the 30s – ‘hmmm….it is time I did something. Thanks for reminding me…
people in the 40s – Oh I already have a 80CCC plan….never mind they may be contributing Rs. 10,000 p.a.
people in the 50s – By now most of them are scared. They tell me “it is not money, what is scaring me is loneliness,
boredom, no clue on what to do when I retire. However when they calculate, somewhere there is fear about money too.
people in the 60s – Money is not a problem. However subra, one more problem has been added – “I am afraid of
being dependent on my children or spouse. I have always been doing my own things …”
people in the 70s – just generally worried about dependence, not worried about death, but yes depending on somebody else is scary….
people in the 80s – subra health is fine, money is fine…jut got ‘bored’ being on planet earth…
people in the 90s – have not met anybody in this age group…
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