I have had a couple of friends in the last week try to explain to me how ‘exciting’ their jobs are and how they ‘wouldn’t ever think of retiring’. Their explanations often come with an amazing picture of some far-flung location that they traveled to.
Beyond the travel, they work hard to explain how the projects they are leading new breakthrough in their company or industry. They may involve interesting travel, but easily forgotten is the hours they spent in budget meetings, writing performance reviews, or dealing with MegaCorp bureaucracy. Predictably, a few months after an exciting initiative is kicked off, it has been deprioritized or they have been shifted to a new role.
I often associate the ‘I wouldn’t ever think of retiring’ comment as mild phenomenon akin to Stockholm Syndrome – that is, a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity. People feel stuck in their jobs and do their best to convince themselves of a silver lining. They’ve developed a rationalization against their ability to live free.
These are often people that ask me odd questions about my own life choice to retire before I turned 50 years old. I wrote this popular post some time ago about chatting with friends that ask me odd questions about early retirement – and the snappy remarks I would sometimes like to respond with!
Image Credit: Pixabay