Few words in the English language carry as much weight as this one.
In a baseball game, if a pitcher retires the side quickly, that means he shut the other team down. He’s an ace! On the other hand, if the team retires his jersey, that jersey is no longer worn—it no longer functions. They hang it up in the rafters, or in a musty locker room that smells of sweat and dirty socks.
Even when I was young, I remember thinking retirement was a good thing. As far as I could tell, retirement meant you could just stop working, and that was good, right?
Or is it? When our heart stops working, we die. So what happens when we stop working?
Over time, as I’ve thought about this more, ...