A first-person account from The Globe and Mail of the thoughts and feelings from a soon-to-be retiree.

One quote was particularly poignant: “I’m not sure I’m actually ready… ready to accept that this long, wonderful, hectic, frustrating, rewarding, soul-searching, relentlessly demanding career is about to be over. Much to my surprise, I find that it’s a fierce concept to grapple with.”

The most important thing people can do to prepare for retirement is to spend time determining what type of life they want to live in retirement. What does this time look like? what will you do? Where will you do these things? Who will you do these things with? These are just a few of the questions to answer to feel more confident about making this transition.

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