I have just been talking to someone who is still working at his own business, his wife works in it as well, and he is past 70 years old. Although their business isn't going too well at the moment, he can't see a life beyond working because he says everything is expensive and he needs to keep working to fund their living. He likes golf, and power lifting at the gym, but can't see how he can afford that on a pension.
I tried to give him some hope, but to no avail, he said what will I do if I don't work. I think there are a lot of people who don't understand the concept of living within your means. He said if I go to the pub I can easily spend £80 while out drinking with mates. It's the social aspect of it which he wants to carry on with.
Everyone has to find their own way about what is important to them. Not to look for alternatives means you wear yourself into the ground, just trying to keep up. It will take more than a short conversation with me for him to find the answers he needs, but if he doesn't take a step back he will run out of time. It's a heavy burden to carry around with you when you feel you have to keep working. I guess I will have to keep on plugging the message, that there is Life After Money.
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