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We spend most of our teenage years fantasising about our future. About how cushy our jobs will be, how big our houses will be, and how shiny our cars and shoes will be. But we never even once take time to think about our retirements, even when we know that there is a great chance that we will live until we retire. In between the covers of Next Stage, Tom Wilson, the author of this book, addresses five critical questions that the elders face when they reach their retirement years. This book is insightful, educative, and so enjoyable.
The book opens up with chapter one aptly titled, “The Dawn of The New Stage.” In this chapter, the author explains that in the 1900s, our life expectancy was not more than age 50. He explains that since then, our life expectancy has drastically extended far more than that. We are now able to reach our 60s, 70s, and 80s. Before going any further, the author explains the stages of development of human beings from their infancy to their adulthood. In chapter 2, titled “Ten Stages That Define a Lifetime,” the author comes up with ten stages that he thinks all human beings go through. He bases all his thoughts on the research that has already been done in this field by people like Hindus, Erik Erikson, Arnold van Gennep, and few others.
Chapter 3 is titled “Reinventing Adulthood.” Here, the author addresses all the changes that a retired person has to experience. He, in great detail, shows what retirement in its entirety really means and entails. Under this chapter, he asks these questions while briefly explaining them: “what do you want to do with your time?” “will you have enough money?” “who do you want to live with?” “how do you stay healthy?” and “who are you going to be?” In the following chapters, he provides guidelines that will help readers address and answer the above questions.
Although I am far from retiring, I enjoyed reading about retirement. There is really more to this than what meets the eye. One does not wake up and decide to retire just like that. It takes proper planning and execution. Otherwise, you might end up like those old people who heavily rely on others to survive and end up being a burden to them. No one likes to be an inconvenience to others. So this book is very important and urgent. This book, as much as it was directed to the audience that is about to retire or at least thinking about retiring, even the likes of me who are far from it can greatly benefit from it.
The author was gentle. His tone was serene and calm. He started by explaining retirement to those who might have misguided meaning about it. What I have learned from this book is that people who retired are also human beings, just like me and you, who want to be independent and to contribute to their society just like everyone else. So the author made sure we understand this, and he did a great job.
I loved reading this book. The research on this topic was wonderful. The author did a great job. I could see that he knew what he was talking about and that the topic was close to his heart. He didn’t come across as preachy. The text was flowing, and he has referenced many studies to give his book authenticity.
Each chapter opened up with a quote from people like Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Albert Schweitzer, and others. This managed to set up a perfect mood for each chapter because, as a reader, I felt motivated from the start. At the end of most chapters, there were activities that the author designed for the readers so they could challenge themselves by putting what he has theorised into practice.
The book had few errors that didn’t disturb my reading. Taking everything into consideration, I rate Next Step by Tom Wilson 4 out of 4 stars. The book wasn’t offensive in any way, so everyone from any religion around the world is accommodated. The author didn’t use any foul language.
Anyone who is about to retire or has already retired should buy this book. It will greatly benefit them in so many ways. But even if you are far from retiring, you can just get it to educate yourself about retirement, and maybe you can start now to plan how you want your retirement to be like, just like you planned and envisioned your adulthood when you were young.
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