Retirement can be fun

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PERSONALFINANCE -

Don’t put your head in the sand and refuse to think about retirement be­cause you view it as a sad time of life for old peo­ple. This is a key les­son the three younger par­tic­i­pants in Glacier by San­lam’s #Fu­tureFWD cam­paign have learnt.

In fact, they have re­alised that plan­ning for retirement can en­sure you have enough money to make retirement the time you do all the things you never had time to do when you were work­ing.

“Chat­ting to Michael [Olivier] – and see­ing how busy his diary is – has changed my idea of retirement. It’s not just star­ing out of the win­dow or pol­ish­ing golf clubs. I can well be­lieve that Michael is busier now than he was while he was ‘work­ing’,” Candice Bresler says. “Michael’s wine col­lec­tion has in­spired me. When I’m 69 I would love to have a good few hun­dred bot­tles stored at home. He kindly showed me some bot­tles from 2011 – the year he re­tired. I won­der which vin­tage I’ll re­tire in!”

Thoban Jap­pie and Thomas Blake at­tended Blake’s church, art classes and Grand­par­ents’ Day at Blake’s grand­son’s school dur­ing their time to­gether.

“Tommy is amaz­ing! He’s very ac­tive – work­ing within his church com­mu­nity, as an on­line doc­tor dis­pens­ing med­i­cal ad­vice, and he’s very in­volved with his fam­ily and grand­kids, plus do­ing things around the house. He’s made me re­alise that retirement is the start of a great pe­riod of your life, where you’ll be able to do things on your terms,” Jap­pie says.

Af­ter wit­ness­ing Sarah Raven­hill’s ac­tive life, and shar­ing a paraglid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to­gether, Bai­ley Schneider com­ments: “Sarah has ab­so­lutely opened my eyes to a world af­ter work. I’m so ca­reer fo­cused, but I’m also look­ing for­ward to that chap­ter … I’ll only be able to look for­ward to it if I plan fi­nan­cially. I’ve stopped spend­ing frivolously and now, more than ever, I want to in­vest wisely and re­ally save prop­erly. I’ve also looked at my health from a fresh per­spec­tive. For so long it was about los­ing weight … but now it’s about be­ing healthy and fit so that I can hope­fully do all the things I want to as I get older.”

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