Why did Andrew Luck RETIRE? What’s it gotta do with you?

Why did Andrew Luck RETIRE? What’s it gotta do with you?


What does Andrew Luck’s stunning retirement
have to do with your life? Whether you’re a Colts fan or not… or
not even into sports, Andrew Luck’s retirement has parallels for everyone. So, before I get into it, I do want you to leave
a comment below and let me know what you think. If you like the message, leave a like as well. So real quick… Drafted in 2012, Andrew Luck had early success
in the league, leading the Colts to three straight playoffs. Long story short, for about the last four
years work became hell for Luck as he was in a near constant state of physical pain. For many hard-working Americans, our jobs
cause us to sacrifice the things that are most important to us. Our jobs can cause some to sacrifice their
marriage and family time, for many it’s our health, and for others it is the constant
mental stress of Corporate America. We all identify so readily with our jobs,
whether it’s doctor, nurse, lawyer, manager, engineer, salesperson, teacher or otherwise. The truth is that you are not your job. You are a human being whose job while you
might enjoy, ultimately serves a higher purpose. Your job allows for you to provide for yourself
and your family, your job should also allow you to save for retirement, and ideally it
allows you to serve people everyday. I have to disagree with Colts GM Chris Ballard
who said after Luck retired something like “to all the people who booed him when they
found out he retired, it’s not like any one died,” he said. When someone dies, we’re often angry at first
and then sad and angry and sad. Eventually we make peace with it. While we may all think of Andrew Luck as a
football player, the moment he retired is a tremendous change. Change is a death of the old and a rebirth
of the new. Andrew Luck loved the Colts organization and many
players in the locker room, they were a family for Andrew. If you work with other people, you form bonds
with your co-workers, friendships that sometimes last after the work ends. What many of us forget or may not know is
Andrew Luck got married in March 2019. He married his long-time girlfriend Nicole. In June, they announced that they are expecting
a baby. We all know that Andrew is very thoughtful,
that his faith is important to him, and family is very important to him. No doubt with all the damage that has been
done to his body, Andrew was thinking about how he wants to play with his children when
they grow up and not forever be physically hobbled and lame like many athletes who play
too long. In saying goodbye to his days as a football
player, Andrew knows he is saying goodbye to his football family, and that brings loss. While some may be lifelong friends going forward,
most he will have very little contact with ever again. Life is like that. Andrew is also saying goodbye to the near
constant pain of being an NFL player. He’s saying goodbye to people asking about
his injuries all the time. Andrew Luck as a football player is dead,
for now… He’s saying hello and embracing being a
husband, a father, a son, and whatever’s next. I’m sure he’s looking forward to the next
chapter in his life. It’s the same way when we all face retirement… It may seem so far away that we forget about
it, but it will come sometime, even if you love your job today and think you have all
the energy in the world. The truth is we all wear out some time in
the future. If you’re smart about it, you should make
a plan for that starting today… Remember… You are not your job. You are not a robot. You don’t need to keep sacrificing your
health, your marriage, or your time with your family and children. Retirement is a massive change we face. Many people don’t even like the word retirement
because we associate it with death. We identify ourselves with our work and many
people work in the same profession for thirty years or more. Over the decades it becomes ingrained in us. In order to be truly happy in retirement or the
next phase of our lives, we have to prepare ourselves emotionally and financially, and
we have to expect that our relationships will change. If we’re prepared, we can gain a lot of
clarity and freedom while feeling secure with the foundations that we put in place. If you would like to explore more of these
topics with us, subscribe to our YouTube channel, Halter Ferguson Financial, and check out our other videos that relate
to work, family, and money. I’m Brad Ferguson, take care and smash that like button.

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