Most things we want in life take work.
Physical and intellectual work are required for expertise. The ballpark number, according to Malcolm Gladwell, is 10,000 hours.
Other goals require emotional labour. Determination. Disappointment. Fear. Acceptance. Patience.
We are emotionally invested in everything that matters to us.
Retirement is often seen as a kind of release into leisure after the work is done. A sitting back after the investments have been made.
What if you looked at retirement as a goal, something to achieve, a way of life that demands practice if you are going to be good at it?
That changes the approach. And possibly your level of enthusiasm.