I’ve watched my aunty move into retirement over the last few years, transitioning from uncertainty and worry at what her new world would look like, to lately, really embracing this new chapter of her life.
In fact, she’s really helping me to redefine what it looks like to be retired.
The old cliché is that retirement means whiling away your days playing golf, buying a caravan to tour Australia and joining a Bridge club.
But my aunty is a divorced woman, and for her, retirement has so far been about making travel plans, trying new things, and volunteering her time in the community.
Luckily, she had a long and successful career in education, and made some really smart choices with her super long ago which are now paying off.
I am taking note, as a single woman myself, newly self-employed! – and I realise watching her now, that it’s so important to plan for your retirement earlier rather than later.
The industry releases figures every few months calculating what a ‘comfortable’ retirement costs.