I’m getting closer; I’m almost there, another few years and I will have made it. I’m talking about retirement. I am looking so forward to the Monday morning I stay in bed and wake my wife up for breakfast. Don’t get me wrong; I love my work. I have a good time and I do what I do, as good as, if not better than, anyone else. I’m just looking forward to having free time to not do anything if that’s what I want to do.
Some people I know are a bit concerned about retirement. They don’t know what they will do with their time if they don’t work. I guess that could be a positive trait in a person but come on, there has to be something besides work. If I had nothing but my work it would be one boring world for me. And that’s even if I like my work.
I’m not negatively anxious about retirement, I’m anxious for it to arrive. I actually believe I will be busier when I am retired than I am when I am working full time. Again, let me repeat, there is nothing wrong with working. It’s just that, when I work for someone else I seem to get exhausted by the end of the day and I have no time for myself or for my wife.
I have been in the position where I worked for myself before. I definitely spent more time on the job then, but I also had more time to do things. I mean simple things like, take a ride, go to lunch, go see a matinee and so on. There seems to be so little time for things like that when you work full time. So, I am making plans for retirement and I will have a schedule that needs filling.
I want to enjoy my life after retiring. I enjoy it now but I know I can enjoy it more if I don’t have to work for someone else. I have been planning and preparing for retirement most of my life and the one thing it will not include is going back to my place of work to visit those who I have just spent the last several years with. From the first day I started working I knew I would make a great retiree. Rather than live our life dreading the day we retire, we should all be able to look forward to that day. Don’t be sad because it is over; smile because it happened. Some things we could do to help us to that end include;
1) SMALL BUSINESS: Start a small business of some kind about five or ten years before you retire. It will be difficult, especially to devote the time required. If you can make it work though, you will have something to move right in to when you retire. There are so many small businesses you could get into as well.
Of course, not everything is for everybody, but for the last three years I have been acting as an officiate. I marry people who seem to be having difficulty getting a church or a regular minister to help them out. Most churches have rules and regulations about such a thing and they seldom bend those rules.
It’s easy to be ordained through several sites on the Internet. Every county clerk I have ever worked with recognizes the license. It’s a few extra bucks in my pocket and it keeps me occupied. It ties up every weekend but hey; I’m going to be retired. Every day is a weekend.
2) HOBBIES: Get a hobby. Hobbies are not for nerds; they are for anyone who wants something fun to do. You don’t have to collect stamps you can repair lawn mowers or build lawn furniture or even write for an Internet content site. I have so many hobbies I want to pursue that I am afraid I will not have enough time even after retirement. Pick your hobby wisely and maybe it can even act as a small business for you too. You may be able to pick up some extra cash just by doing something you enjoy.
3) TO DO LIST: Start making a to do list right now. You may work on your list for five or ten years but get it ready. Fill it with simple things, but fill it up. When you retire, break out the list. The list is full of things you really want to do. Go to Mount Rushmore, spend a week in Vegas and try your luck, go to a real Broadway show, on Broadway! Let your mind flow and think of the things that are indeed plausible but maybe not while you are still employed full time. When you retire you may take the first several years just trying to satisfy your list.
4) SCENIC DRIVES: Get a detailed road map of the county you live in; most county clerks can help you find one. Make it a quest to drive on every single mile of roadway in the county, big or small. Keep track of your progress on that map. Jot down places of interest you would like to be able to find again. This little task will take weeks, even months, perhaps years. You will have seen every inch of your county that is seeable from the car. You will also have the inside track on finding some of those very interesting, out of the way, points of interest.
That’s not very many things but they will all expand into something even bigger if you let them. The point is to not let yourself retire and leave your place of employment that you have been in for the past 30 years without having something to replace it. The last thing you want to do is sit around the house reading the paper. I want to do that, once or twice, but not all the time.
I have no qualms about retirement. I have spent the past ten years at least, just getting ready for it. When I do retire, rather than going to work on Monday morning, I will have enough retirement challenges to last me a year of Mondays. Just keep your mind planning and scheming. Prepare yourself a schedule for your retirement and you will wonder why you didn’t do it much sooner.