I guess some people can find a bright spot just about anywhere. To those who thought being retired during a pandemic was a problem (that would be me) here’s a great article (click here) pointing out some good things retirement can bring out during the worst of times. Here are 13 reasons why it’s good to be retired right about now:
- You’re retired now. You don’t have to compete for a job anymore.
- You don’t have to learn Zoom or any other office/business technology.
- You have limited exposure to others.
- Homeschooling is not a concern.
- Your investments are conservative, so any market decline doesn’t affect you.
- Less penalties from early retirement account withdrawals.
- Many living expenses have fallen, thanks in part from staying home.
- Driving less equals lower costs.
- You can grocery shop during less crowded times or appointed times.
- Government stimulus check was a bonus.
- Telemedicine is flourishing. You don’t have to leave your home to see a doctor.
- Social Security checks still keep coming.
- Medicare (at 65) still covers you.
Here’s to Retirement
While the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed life for many people, including altering daily norms and routines across America, it has also served to highlight some of the perks of being retired. As the country and the world grapple with an enormous health crisis, retirees are able to skip some of the stresses and challenges associated with the new, drastically altered, normal. From not having to worry about being laid off to more easily maintaining social-distancing precautions, above are some of the reasons why being retired amid a pandemic might be particularly beneficial.