Where did the idea of Retirement come from?

I was reading an article on retirement in The Atlantic. The article discussed the earliest concept of retirement dating back to Otto von Bismarck of Prussia in 1881. The concept was to provide financial support to “older members” of society. The idea was radical because people did not retire, if you were alive you worked. At the time the majority of people were employed in agriculture to feed the masses. The struggle for payment continued for 8 years and finally with pressure from the socialists, legislation was introduced for the state to take care of those disabled from work. Social security was later introduced for those over 70 years old, however 70 was well above life expectancy at the time. Continue reading “Where did the idea of Retirement come from?”

Some Thoughts/Observations During My VL Transition

 

Going through boot camp has been both exhilarating and frustrating at the same time. I’ve been making great progress on the mental and spiritual side but I’m still struggling with getting back into the kind of shape that I want.
I know the problem, I was attempting to write a book, manage a blog, doing media and trying to get healthy at the same time. It was simply asking for too much too soon. Something had to give and it was my workouts. In hindsight the best way to transition into VLR would have been to take a break from work and just focus on my mind, body, and spirit. So now it is time to re-group and re-focus.

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Thoughts From The Road

As promised my partner is back from his biking road trip and I asked him to share some thoughts. 

As I rode from Quebec City to Saint John I had lots of time to enjoy the scenery and think as the kilometres rolled by. I consider myself as a distance runner first, so people often asked me what I thought about when I run and did I get bored in my training? My answer: for most of the kilometres I had no problem occupying my mind with thoughts of vacations, family, politics, the state of the world, etc…  Continue reading “Thoughts From The Road”

Who Needs To Plan?

You have probably noticed a trend in our blogs, one common thread is no matter where we start retirement can be better with a little planning. Planning is key for everyone to get their 20 plus years of retirement right. I asked Gerry to share his thoughts.

Planning is Key

When I think about my journey to Victory Lap Retirement (VLR), in comparison to Mike, or other people we have met during the book tour, it is clear there are similarities in that we are leaving careers and looking for something new for the first time in a long time. What is different is how we got here, which is largely based on how we left our career and our  work experience over the last few years. Let me illustrate.

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Finding our Tribe


Recently we did a morning presentation in Kitchener, Ontario,  we normally don’t do mornings as I’m not what you would call a “morning person”.  I don’t know my own name until after my second cup of coffee. Morning presentations also mess up Gerry’s daily workout schedule. Still we were up at 5:30 to get ready to battle the traffic, that is something I haven’t missed since I left the corp.. In the end though the early start was well worth the effort.

The audience we met was a special group of individuals who wake up and head to the local pool, many daily. This was a group I could connect with, the audience was made up by a group of people that was working to maintain a healthy lifestyle which included an early morning workout at the local pool. Each week after their workout they would attend a presentation from people like me on various topics. What a great idea exercise, education and a coffee to boot. Continue reading “Finding our Tribe”

Find An Adventure

VLR Boot camp Week #7

Starting Weight               (237lbs)

Current Weight               (236 lbs) finally down 1 with only 36 more to go!

If I am going to hit my goal by the end of October, I need to step things up a bit. Also I have no more excuses as summer weather is finally here.  I brought my bike up from the basement and now ride to most places instead of using the car. I am riding to swim class, to the post office to mail out copies of the book, to a nearby farm to pick up fresh produce as well as visiting my mother at the nursing home. The added benefit of spending so much time on the bike is that I save wear and tear on the car and gas money a true double bonus! Continue reading “Find An Adventure”

VLR Bootcamp Breakthrough

I was out for a run/walk with the Contessa earlier in the week and bumped into a friend of ours who was out walking her dog. During our short conversation she said it was nice to see us out running again, after all we have had a three-year absence, she remarked, unsolicited I should point out, that I looked like I had lost some weight. You have no idea how sweet that sounded to me. The benefits from VLR Boot camp were starting to finally show and this positive reinforcement was all that I needed to get me through my workout. My attitude is much better and I’m starting to look forward to the workouts, things are starting to turn. Continue reading “VLR Bootcamp Breakthrough”

Best Way To End A Nightmare Is To Wake Up

It’s starting to happen. Many boomers are waking up and are unwilling to follow the traditional retirement status quo. They are unwilling to blindly follow and do what everyone else before them has done. They refuse to allow themselves to be defined by someone else’s expectations of what they should do or not do at a certain age. They feel an urge to finally break free and express who they really are. They want to work at something that gives meaning and purpose to their lives. All I can say is it’s about time! Continue reading “Best Way To End A Nightmare Is To Wake Up”

Victory Lap Lifestyle Profile #3

It’s Never Too Late

Active Retirement and HobbiesMany people have heard the story about Grandma Moses who started painting when she was seventy-five years old and still managed to have a twenty-six-year career. Stories like hers seem so distant, so outside the realm of possibility, that it is hard to relate to. That is why I love the following story which was provided to me by our publicist Debby, below is her personal account of how her husband followed his passion and created a dream Victory Lap. A story like this is close to home so it takes on a whole new meaning. Enjoy! Continue reading “Victory Lap Lifestyle Profile #3”