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“Happy, Wild, and Free”

We have friends who gave us the book “How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free”. Sounds good, eh? The book’s basic premise is that the vast majority of retirement books focus mainly, if not only, on financial planning and everyone needs to take a more holistic perspective to enjoy retirement to the fullest.

Now implicitly assuming away financial worries may sound a bit cavalier, but even if you’re not there yet, the approach of thinking about and planning how you want to live in retirement provides a healthy perspective and context as you build your retirement financial plan.

There are no earth-shattering new ideas that the author, Ernie Zelinski, reveals, rather there’s a host of organized common sense reflected in chapter titles including:

· So Many Worlds, So Much to Do

· Take Special Care of Yourself

· Learning Is for Life

· Your Wealth Is Where Your Friends Are

This book provides an excellent catalyst to think about how you can mix & match interesting leisure activities, creative pursuits, physical well-being, mental well-being, and solid social support to create a fulfilling retirement.

Bringing this back to the Generation Bridge perspective, “How to RETIRE Happy, Wild, and Free” could very easily be rewritten as “How to LIVE Happy, Wild, and Free”. We’re all dealing with pretty much the same overlapping issues & concerns across generations, the main difference is focus and perspective.

Shouldn’t everyone try to live happy, wild, and free? :)

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