Dressed for the Part

2014.MayThe “tiring house” was a three-story structure built into the back of the Globe Theater in William Shakespeare’s time. Actors were able to enter the “tiring room” easily from the stage, to change costume and props for their next role as the performance went on.

Freshly “re-tired” actors entered the performance again as a different character entirely.

This is a far more intriguing prospect than many of us now arrange for ourselves in retirement; more often than not we tend to consider retirement as the time to stop working, rather than as a chance to play a new role in our lives…appropriately attired, at that.

Shakespeare’s actors followed a script and its cues into retirement; most of us are not so well prepared. We know we should be setting money aside for our retirement years, but surprisingly few of us consider what role we want to play, much less how we should dress for the part.

A clever financial planner can help clients achieve entertaining and well-rehearsed performances after retiring. After all, we have it on good authority that “All the world’s a stage…”

“And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts…”
From William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act II, scene VII