I was just reflecting on something I heard: that some people work towards retirement as their "reward" for decades of work.
Does anybody really think like this?
How do they know it won't go like it did with my uncle: shortly after retirement he dropped dead of a heart attack. Boom, c'est finis.
If it's true, maybe it's an American thing? I don't recall meeting anybody from whom I got the impression that they looked forward to retirement as the reason for which they were working.