“Leisure without study is death — a tomb for the living person.”SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 82.4
Taking a break is important, whether that’s a vacation or retirement. Resting and recharging is key.
But it shouldn’t mean completely checking out. Even in your downtime, you should be challenging your mind, always learning and growing. That’s the wisdom shared in today’s quote from The Daily Stoic.
If you get rich someday and are able to quit your job, then great! But don’t swap that time for margaritas and hammocks only. Include some learning in there somewhere — keep growing mentally. Ensure you’re always challenged on the inside, otherwise you’ll stagnate.
Personally, I’ve always felt that when I retire someday, I’m going to have to find new projects to keep me inspired. I can’t just lay around on the beach all day, as nice as that may sound. I’ll have to stay busy, both physically and mentally.
Otherwise it’s a quick decline. In essence: to stop learning is to die early.
So I’ll have my leisure with a side of learning, thank you very much.