Today I enter my 71st year. My 70th year was noteworthy in that I retired from formal employment. I could have continued in my job, but I found my work to be meaningless, as my knowledge and talents were not being used. So I retired from formal employment.
You might ask about ikigai. Ikigai is a Japanese word, which roughly translated means “the reason to get up in the morning.” In other words, have reasons for living. Formal employment was not ikigai. Actually it was hindering my ikigai.
My ikigai is to continue to grow cognitively, to build a cognitive reserve, to avoid dementia, and to share what I learn with others. “Others” is not restricted to the elderly. “Others” refers to everyone. The fields of cognitive psychology and cognitive science are rapidly developing. One of the goals of this blog is to share the excitement of these fields with my readers as well as point to their relevance to a healthy memory. Other topics related to effective thinking, decision making, and health are also covered. These topics help us grown cognitively.
Since retiring from formal employment, I have more time to meditate and to think. I also have the opportunity to read more, to grow cognitively and, I hope, personally. However, even though I have more time, I still cannot come close to covering all the exciting research and Ideas that are being produced. Even in retirement, there are still not enough hours in a day. Nevertheless, I am enjoying life with my wife immensely.
I received more congratulations on my retirement than I had received for my marriage or for completing my doctorate. I found that strange, but in some sense accurate. This is the best time of my life.
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