A few years ago I had a lightbulb moment when I realized something about aging. I was standing outside of Costco waiting for it to open (because that’s the only reasonable time to go to Costco) with a good-sized group of retired folks. I was standing there looking at all these people and thought to myself “See, I don’t really need to lose weight right now because everyone gets thin when they get old.”
I’m sorry… what?!
Everyone gets thin when they get old? What kind of thinking is that? Then I realized “Whoa! People don’t get thin when they get old. People who aren’t thin just don’t get old. Fat people don’t get old.”
That was a huge slap in the face for me. I had been carrying around this underlying unquestioned idea that somehow when you got old you magically got thin. It really had never occurred to me that, for the most part, fat people don’t get old. That’s why you don’t see very many fat old people.
That correction in my thinking made me get a lot more serious about my health.
Then I flipped it around to see what I could learn from this in other areas… areas like finance. Maybe this explains some people’s reluctance to save for retirement? I bet there are people out there who believe that somehow getting old makes you rich, just like I thought getting old somehow made you skinny. So I’m here to challenge that thinking.
Poor people don’t retire!
Yes, most of the retired people you see out and about have money. They have money because they saved money during their working lifetimes. You don’t see poor retired people because they can’t afford to go out. You don’t see them at the mall or at restaurants because they can’t afford those places. You don’t see them out being retired because they are still working.
Retiring doesn’t make you rich or thin. It’s the other way around. Being rich and thin will allow you to retire. If you are rich and fat you might not live to retirement. If you are poor and skinny you won’t be able to afford to retire.
You kind of have to work on both now so that someday you can have the retirement of your dreams.