Terminology and preconceptions have always been important to me. Some would find links to pedantry here! “Retirement.” What is in a word? Retired – past it, past useful shelf life…“Retraite” in French – retreat, stepping back. It has different connotations. “Ruhestand” in German – “status of calmness”, possibly and also “Rentner”, with connotations of selfish fun. “Alttaqaeud” in Arabic – which moves one directly to “Did you mean Attack” in a google search. So much scope for misunderstanding… It appears that finances are the number one concern for most people thinking about retirement. At whatever age. Twenties, making decisions about how much to invest and in what for a distant later life. Forties, wondering whether it is enough. Fifties, where “semi-retirement” becomes real and thoughts about lifestyle/standard of living limits become a real. Then sixties when actual occupation, its link to fulfilment, well-being, happiness begins to be examined from a different perspective. “What is important?” The coaching piece of taking a meta-view can be hugely illuminating here. Take a look at yourself from a soft chair, twenty years from now. What have you given importance to……..? What did you value……..?