Unhappily retired 83 year old farmer

Posted on: November 8th, 2011 by Richard Cressman

I was talking to a friend of mine who is getting ready to retire from farming. He is 60 years old. His 83 year old father-in-law was also involved in our conversation.

This gentleman had farmed all of his life and now at the age of 83 he said that it is extremely difficult to deal with retirement. His health is reasonable — he has had joint replacements etc., but his main complaint — he does not have enough to do.

In his words, “I never started any hobbies when I was working, and I kept working on the farm right up until my back became too sore to continue to drive tractors and now I have nothing to do to occupy my time.”

He went on to add one other thing. “When I was busy farming, I used to envy people who were retired because they could get up each morning and do exactly what they wanted to do. After you read so many books, what is there to do the rest of the day?”

There is a powerful lesson in this. Retirement must be planned for. If you have excellent health then you have all kinds of opportunities. If you have compromised health then planning for what you are going to do after you finish your working career is incredibly important.

What this gentleman was running into was a lack of purpose for getting out of bed in the morning. Life boiled down into its simplest components starts off with a purpose and a desire to get yourself out of bed and on with your day. If you lack that purpose there is no passion and there is no desire to move forward. What happens then is that our health starts to become compromised because it is our passion that pulls us forward and keeps our bodies positively charged from an emotional perspective.


Life’s big question:

What is it that you would love to do if you had all the time in the world? Retirement could give you that opportunity.

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