Posted by Tim Stobbs on February 15, 2013
Beware they are watching you everywhere: early retirees or even those planning an early retirement. They enforce their narrow views by shouting from the rooftops…”You can’t do that.” or “Your really not going to be retired.” They are the Internet Retirement Police (IRP) and have offices in every major newspaper and most forums.
I’m very familiar with their policies and procedures since everyone of my articles on the Toronto Star has seen enforcement action. Well apparently I’m not the only one that is getting sick of them during a post recently on Mr Money Mustache, he cut into IRP and the insane ideas they have.
In general the problem seem to be that the IRP consider that any one who isn’t playing golf or sitting on a beach possible can’t be retired if they do anything that brings in income. This narrow view point I think comes from a generation gap on what people what people consider retirement.
The older generations have been brainwashed by those Freedom 55 commercials to have a very specific dream of what retirement should be, but seem to miss the main point of those commercials: it is all about the freedom.
So yes you can work in ‘retirement’ on a contract, part time, small business basis or well anything you feel like. The point of freedom is to do anything you want…even things that you personally won’t consider doing in retirement. So your version or vision of retirement could be completely different than mine. Well I certainly hope so since you are not me!
So here is my idea for the IRP…grow up. You are acting like a five year old who can’t realize that not everyone wants to play the exactly same way as you and then has a fit over it. The rest of us do try to listen to alternative points of view, but this bashing other people’s dreams because you can’t retire early isn’t helping anyone. Go to your room and step away from the keyboard until you can play nice with the other kids.
So have you ever had seen enforcement action from the IRP, if so please share the story in the comments. Perhaps we can all have a good laugh over them in the end.