The Canadian Association for Retired Persons (CARP) has announced a new President. It’s veteran public broadcaster Rudy Buttignol, a member of the Order of Canada.
Here’s a refreshing thought from this guy: “I believe that retirement is not a condition to be endured. Instead, it is a major life’s accomplishment - a milestone to be recognized and respected.”
You know, I’m aware of folks who strive for retirement and then, when they get there, don’t know how to handle it. They end up enduring what should be a wonderful time in their lives.
Now, believe me, I’m certainly not trying to hold myself out as anyone accomplished, but I will tell you that I retired successfully from my career because I wanted to try some new activities… things my workaday life would not allow time for. So, today, I’m writing my ninth book, I’ve just sold my house, I’m buying an exciting new property and I’m ready to move. Retirement? It’s grand.
So, here’s to you Mr. Buttingnol. I agree: retirement should be enjoyed as a major life accomplishment so you can enjoy the rights and rewards you deserve.
That’s the way it ought to be.
At least, that’s the way I think.