Mythical Nirvanas. In this article from Financial Advisor magazine, Mitch Anthony explains why so many people rapidly tire of “retirement,” and what it means to maintain fulfillment after 50. Stagnation, emptiness, and boredom are looming for those who do not stay engaged and connected. Some authors, such as John Nelson and Richard Bolles, have rejected the conventional life-cycle model of School-Work-Leisure and replaced it with a First Age – Second Age – Third Age – Fourth Age model, in which each age is comprised of differing amounts of all three – lifetime learning, work, and leisure. Anthony’s article poignantly discusses the impact of expecting 100% leisure time for 15 or 30 years to lead to any kind of lasting happiness.