That is the question I have – for myself – as I try to define the term in this maiden voyage blog. The term itself (Modern Retiree) sounds like a cheesy TV sitcom – maybe I should trademark it for its potential commercial value? I must admit, I like Sofia Vergara, even though I’ve never watched her ABC-TV show, or haven’t purchased any of her cable channel infomercial coffee (presumably Colombian).
No – I think it should be something a bit more serious, and hopefully more useful. So lets go to Google, the modern dictionary of sorts, for a 21st century definition.
- DEFINITION OF MODERN: For those of you who (like me) largely slept through high school English, the term ‘Modern’ itself is an adjective – or a noun – depending on how you use it: a person who advocates or practices a departure from traditional styles or values.
- DEFINITION OF RETIREE: Retiree, on the other hand, is simple a noun: a person who has retired from full-time work.
And thus a basic framework takes form: A modern retiree is someone who has retired from fulltime work; someone who practices a departure from traditional styles or values as defined by 20th century retirement.
Now, I’m sure I can add (and will add) to this basic framework of ‘modern retiree’. For me, the next logical level to define modern retiree involves time and money.
TIME AND THE MODERN RETIREE: Philosophers and Mathematicians have waxed poetically about the DEFINITION OF TIME. What does Sergey Brin and Larry Page’s search engine have say about time? the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.
MONEY AND THE MODERN RETIREE: To downplay the importance of money in todays America is full-hearty at best, suicidal at worse. But ‘what’ exactly is money? Back to Google for a DEFINITION OF MONEY: a current medium of exchange in the form of coins and banknotes; coins and banknotes collectively.
And now for an extraneous point regarding what it means to be a Modern Retiree, from a personal point-of-view. A modern retiree is an individual who is determined to leave the world a slightly better place upon his/her inevitable departure from this world.
The foundation has been set! I hope you’ll stop by this site to see where we take this journey of being a modern retiree as the definition continues to grow and evolve.
Charlie, co-founder of modernretiree.com