How to Retire at 35 in the Era of Discontent

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How to Retire at 35 in the Era of Discontent

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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grew up watching my parents treat their jobs like they were meant to be treated – as jobs. They left home and returned at the same time every day, and working weekends were as rare as sensible statements from ministers. My mother opted for voluntary retirement because, as a child, my health was as stable as Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, while dad retired a few days after he turned 60.

From what I could see, my parents never lost sleep over their retirement plans. Maybe they were beset by countless other worries that kept them from planning their retirements. But it was a default setting, something inevitable that happened by itself.

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