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1 July 2016

What really happens when you ditch the 9-5 lifestyle

Retirement – it’s when life really starts to happen.

No day job means more time to tick off the new accomplishments that were just a pipe dream alongside the 9-5 grind.  So believe us when we say retirement isn’t about feeding ducks at the pond, or playing bowls every morning unless you want it to be. You could spin the decks until the sun comes up, or even reinvent yourself as a (not so struggling) artist.  These guys have done it, so why can’t you?!

Become a world explorer

Aussies love to travel; and 63% plan to go hard rather than go home when we retire – just like old mate Keith Wright. In 2012 the then 95-year-old had already spent the past 10 years travelling independently to more than 23 countries and 109 cities and was ready to take on his next adventure – a two-month backpacking trip around Europe.

The secret to being a world adventurer? Keith says he tries to save as much as he can, wherever he can.  He also makes sure he has at least one overseas trip booked every two years with places such as Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula on his bucket list. He also recommends taking trains or buses to nearby towns for the day to explore places most tourists wouldn’t.

Spin the decks as a successful DJ

Turning his love for music into a career, German retiree – DJ Christian Horsters – has fast become an international sensation. Recognised worldwide as ‘the happiest DJ in the world’, DJ Christian Horsters is the epitome of what it means to make the most out of retired life!

He now makes a living playing one or two gigs a week, and spends the rest of his time working with a food rescue organisation similar to OzHarvest.

Take on the greats as an artist

Better known to the world as Grandma Moses, Anna Moses didn’t begin to paint until the age of 76. Not satisfied with a relaxed retirement after a life spent working on farms; Grandma Moses put her passion for farm life into art. Putting her self-taught art skills to good use every day, Anna produced more than a thousand paintings over a 25 year period.

Eventually, Grandma Moses’ work caught the eye of an art collector passing through her home town. Soon after, her paintings were shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Her work caught the attention of the nation and catapulted her into the art world of America – then President John F. Kennedy stated her painting had inspired a nation.

Reinvent your own type of freedom

Retiring doesn’t always mean freedom from work – it may just be the ending of a career to focus on something completely different in life. In David Mayman’s case it meant saving and saying goodbye to 25 years in management consulting, digital media and technology to retire early; allowing him to shift his focus to his passion in aviation and bring to life his dream of making the JetPack a reality.

“The ultimate expression of freedom is being able to strap on something like that [JetPack] and just escape, just go, anywhere you want!” – David Mayman

The now 53-year-old former Sydney entrepreneur lives in LA with his family and has dedicated his time to flying with nothing but a pack on his back – watch him soaring over the Statute of Liberty in New York!  

Sport your best youthful challenge

It took just 23 minutes for Bob Neindorf to tick off his goal of skiing from Kangaroo Island to mainland South Australia – all while maintaining his balance in half metre swell. For Bob, retirement doesn’t mean kicking back on the couch; instead (in true Aussie style) it’s dusting off the skis and bringing to life the good ole days on the water where he would water-ski with friends. Ensuring he made a splash out of his upcoming adventure, Bob trained three days a week, mastering the skills needed to take on the ocean.

For his next milestone birthday, Bob has set a challenge to land a successful jump-start at 80 years old!

Feeling inspired? We know great things can be achieved later in life and we want to help you get there. Visit Living Super and find out how you could set yourself up to make the most out of life in retirement.

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