Living in this perpetual state of retirement for several years now, I’ve found that I’m able to sustain a balance of 25% work and 75% self-care and retirement-related activities. This balance allows you to maintain a working lifestyle indefinitely without it taking a toll on you. It keeps you mentally sharp, socially engaged, and allows for professional progress while preserving a sense of purpose. I’ve seen numerous examples of people who, upon officially retiring, experience a decline in health and sense of purpose. In the perpetual state of retirement, you avoid this decline, maintaining a sense of purpose and well-being. However, this model requires you to enjoy what you’re doing, otherwise, extending your working life may only extend your misery.