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Is it Retirement or Revivement?

Is it Retirement or Revivement?

If you are reading this – chances are you are probably either retired, thinking of retirement or at some point in your life hoping to retire. Given that there are so many Baby Boomers either heading towards retirement or starting retirement, I thought I would do some initial research on the topic of retirement and I quickly discovered two things.

The first thing I found was that whenever I ran a Google search on the word retirement – financial planning or financial information was the first and most frequent topic shown. The second thing I noticed is that article after article kept talking about how baby boomers were going to redefine retirement.

This got me thinking. If we were going to redefine retirement – should we maybe start by calling it something else?

Given this idea I started to look into this a little further. The first place I started was to look up the word retire in the dictionary. This is how it defined the word retire;

    1. to withdraw, or go away or apart, to a place of privacy, shelter,or seclusion:
    2. to withdraw from office, business, or active life, usually because of age
    3. to fall back or retreat in an orderly fashion and according toplan, as from battle, an
    4. untenable position, danger, etc
    5. to withdraw or remove oneself

As I read the definition, I thought to myself – heck yes, retirement certainly needs to be redefined. This is definitely not what I have planned for my retirement and I somehow think I’m probably not alone. I thought there has to be a better word.

I then started to try and find a word that I thought would better embody and represent a generation and this next phase of life we were entering. 

Suddenly it came to me – revivement. To me, this word reflected much more of what I think retirement could be.

The dictionary defines the word revive as;

    1. to activate, set in motion, or take up again; renew
    2. to restore to life or consciousness
    3. to put on or show (an old play or motion picture) again
    4. to make operative or valid again
    5. to bring back into notice, use, or currency

I think the word revivement better describes how many people are hoping to live in their retirement. This unique time in our lives offers us the chance to revive interests, relationships, learning and experiences. It can be a time when we can support causes that are important to us and influence positive changes both in ourselves and the world we live in. This is a time that can be dedicated to doing things that will hopefully allow us to pass on a better world to future generations.

So what do you think? Do you like the word revivement? Do you have something else you would suggest?

I would love to hear your thoughts….

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