Next Avenue: Just because I’m old doesn’t mean I’m retired

by | Dec 29, 2022 | Stock Market

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. The other day, my longtime friend and former colleague Ken claimed I had retired. This news came as a surprise to me. We were having an otherwise enjoyable conversation via Zoom
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talking business and families. Then he asked, “So how’s your life going now that you’ve retired?”

“I’m still working,” I said. “Full time.” “No,” Ken said, shaking his head emphatically from side to side. “You retired.” “What makes you think so?” “You posted something on Facebook or LinkedIn.” I denied it, but he insisted. It was weird. I fully expected him to understand that I of all people would probably know best whether I’m retired. I suspect that Ken, who recently turned 50, arrived at several assumptions about me. First, he knew I had recently hit age 70. The current average retirement age in the U.S. is 61, according to a new Gallup poll. So he probably took for granted that I was ready to do as others my age have already long since done and put myself out to pasture. Second, he knew I had moved permanently from New York City to Southern Italy just over a year ago. So now that I’m an American expatriate living la dolce vita, what could possibly motivate me to keep plugging away at my humble trade? Third, he knew I left a global professional services agency after 12 years in senior management to go into business for myself as a consultant almost three years ago. Possibly he, like others, is prone to interpret the term “consultant,” as applied to a person of my vintage, to be a misnomer or euphemism for “underemployed” or “ter …

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