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When I meet someone for the first time, it's always the same reactions I get when I say that I have just retired. It's either "Why?" or "So lucky".
I know that I have not yet reached the age of 55, which is the age that society accepts as the right age for retirement (in Malaysia, at least). This makes people curious.
For those who asked, "Why?", it seems strange that I would give up working when I could still earn money.
For those that said, "so lucky", it is probably a wishful projection of what they want.
In either instance, I don't know how best to respond. Usually I smile and nod because I don't know the reasons behind their reaction.
If I had not been working for the last 30 years, would people still consider it strange that I have retired (early).
What if I had never ever worked before?
What if I was always a housewife or homemaker?
Would they still have that incredulous look on their faces?
Somehow I get the feeling that if one had been working and one gives it up, something is wrong. But if one hadn't been working at all then it's all right.
There's some serious stereotyping going on here, methinks.
Why is there this unwritten rule that we have to work until the very last employable date of our life or until we drop dead?
Why is it that if you've never worked at all, no one thinks twice about you being a homemaker? But the moment you say that you chose to retire early, they either don't get it or they think you're lucky.
We all have different paths to take.
Where should I have gone? I've not thought about it.
I am just where I am supposed to be.