The retirement problem
Retirement is the compulsory relinquishment of the paid or voluntary job after the successful completion of certain period. This brings about identity crisis much in the same fashion as that faced during adolescence.
Retirement also brings about economic problems that have serious effect on the individual’s concept of self and the status he holds in the family. A person finds it difficult to ask his son or daughter for money. But at the same time, he needs it for personal survival.
Most retired persons prior to their retirement play a certain role and derive a sense of satisfaction from it. After retirement, one is expected to play new roles which are less satisfactory, less prestigious and less interesting. Hence they find it difficult to adjust in the new role.
Retirement may also mean reduction in social circles and giving up of one’s hobby due to resource crunch. This may increase loneliness and aid depression.
How to cope up with the problems?
People should systematically plan their life so that they are left with sufficient money to cater to their old age needs. Atal pension yojna is a welcome initiative by the government of India in this regard.
One has to accept that retirement has to come one day and therefore he should be prepared to face that. It is nice to cultivate some purposeful interest or hobbies during the younger period of one’s life, so that the person can switch on to it after the retirement. TV, radio, old age recreation homes, meeting friends etc can fill up the gap.
Depending upon their aptitude and experience, the retired personnel could choose different work from home options like share trading, authoring, giving home tuitions, guiding yoga and so on. This will not only be just financially rewarding, but also bring intellectual upliftment and social involvement. This inculcates a sense of self worthiness which is much required after the retirement to keep one’s life going.
Activity is the life and stagnation ends the life.
Start a new inning,
Start a new life!