“Nobody lives forever.The trick is to stay out of heaven for as
long as possible,” advises George Rider, an 82-year-old, first-time
author of the “Rogue’s Road to Retirement: How I Got My Groove Back
After 65 and How You Can, Too.” He’s also a retired Wall
Street trader with a sense of humor.
Lots of books on retirement cross my desk and most of them are
tedious, but Rider mixes good advice with some laugh-out-loud
Here are some highlights:
- Keep looking for worthy challenges. Rider
likens the search for retirement satisfaction to advice from Eugene
“Big Daddy” Lipscomb, an All-Pro defensive lineman who won two
championships with the Baltimore Colts: “I just wrap my arms around
the whole backfield and peel ’em one by one until I get to the ball
carrier. Him I keep.”
- Action beats paralysis. Keep moving both
mentally and physically.
- Be kind to your adult kids. You may need them.
Rider says he and his wife Dorothy are, “Class A babysitters (for
grandchildren), dog sitters (for granddogs), and plant waterers
when they need us. I don’t mind a bit, but I am keeping
- If it no longer meets your needs, get rid of
it. “Selling the family home is a life-rattling,
heartbreaking affair. There’s no sugarcoating it. But time marches
on, and life moves on, and so can you,” Rider says.
- Take time to mentor your grandchildren. “It
could change their lives and it will definitely make yours
- Stay out of Lonelyville. “I may not be the
lady killer I once was, but it doesn’t hurt to look,” Rider
- Be grateful for the status quo. “I used to be
a big shot with a team of people reporting to me at work, but at
82, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that my triumphs now are
minor. But hot damn, it’s pretty great to be old with the remote
control in hand, heading off to a long, lazy nap with no alarm
clock in sight.”
“You can be whatever you want in your old age,” Rider concludes,
“Just don’t be boring.”
More good advice: Live on less, save more.