What do you want to do when you retire? My motivation for asking is I’m always interested in these people who retire at 40 or 50–they have a lot of time left if things go well and what kinds of things do they want to do or accomplish with their second act? This applies to people who plan to retire at a more traditional age as well.
#1 doesn’t really plan on retiring. I don’t know what I would do. I’m honestly not very good at being unproductive 100% of the time (I am very good at being unproductive on weekends) and I’m sure I would feel huge amounts of guilt if I weren’t doing something to make the world a better place. Depending on the trajectory that the US ends up in, I would probably end up miserable trying to herd volunteer cats to fight the power. The life of a professor in which I gently nudge students to think critically about their goals and how to achieve them while also removing their math phobia seems a lot better than that. If the world was in a good place, I don’t know, probably go places to try eating new things, read more challenging novels than I do now, and watch youtube videos. I’d probably also exercise more. I would hopefully not waste too much time arguing with people who are wrong on the internet, but who knows.
#2 loves the idea of retirement and would read books, foster kittens, and travel to Italy to eat. Also all the naps.