Many cultures value working hard for many years so we can enjoy the payoff when we’re done working. But there are alternative ways to define work and retirement.
For me, “work” is an investment of energy that comes in multiple forms. Investing time on income-generating activities or even leisure, serving others, creative endeavors, or human connection. I don’t intend to abandon working on these things the moment I stop trading my time for money.
I view retiring as what happens when you cease sacrificing today for an imaginary, possible future. We don’t know how long we have, but that’s not an excuse to empty your bank account. It’s an inspiration to “retire” a bit each day.