Early retirement: Calling it quits early

Early retirement: Calling it quits early

Retirement is not only a privilege for the elderly anymore.

Retirees are no longer only old people in their sixties with grey hair and frail bodies. Members of a younger generation have become part of this group with their own reasons and purposes that have deconstructed the meaning of retirement itself.

The thought of being able to say goodbye to the daily grind may have made retirement appealing for the young generation. But retirement is more than just about freedom for corporate slaves.

It is also about the chance for young people to pursue a passion that may have been forgotten due to workloads.

Therefore, it is no surprise to find that a number of young individuals are planning to retire early, leaving their established careers along with their comfortable lives so that they can concentrate in their pursuit of passion.

Maudini Virtriana is one of those people. At 30, she has become a senior brand manager for a big multinational company in Jakarta. Having a prestigious position at such a young age, the woman definitely has a bright career ahead of her. Yet Virtri, as her friends call her, plans to leave her job at 35 to follow her passion.

"My passion is not in corporate work. I work only for money so that I can make something out of it," she said.

Virtri hopes that her savings could eventually help her realise her dreams to run a coffee shop and open a school in Yogyakarta.

Passion was the same reason that drove Muadzin Furqanul Jihad to leave his career at a French company a year ago. At 41, the former senior engineer resigned from the company so that he could follow his passion in entrepreneurship.

"I always wanted to retire early ever since I started working. My aspiration is to have my own business," Muadzin explains.

Beyond passion, psychologist Adriana S. Ginanjar sees that there is some kind of "revenge" in these young retirees when they made their decisions, as if they wanted to redeem those long working hours with much more productive activities for their own life satisfaction.

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