I’m going to start with retirement first, because I see that in my distant future.
Do you agree that we’ve all been conned since we were little? What did we want to be when we were little? Teenagers. They stayed up later, they did cool things, they liked cool music.
Then what happened when we became teenagers? We thought our parents were out-of-date, we didn’t get to do what we wanted. Our parents were on our backs about one thing or another. They were flushing the country down the toilet and it was up to us to fix the world. What did we want to be? Over 18 or 21. We could do what we wanted, no one could tell us what to do or think, we’d finally be adults.
Then what happened? We had to work to pay our rent, our electricity, for the cars we needed to get to work. We couldn’t stay out late because we had work the next day, we had to get up early. We had to do what our bosses said plus still deal with our parents who were telling us how to do what we were doing better.
Then kids came. Too much to go into, but even though you love them to the moon and back, they are up all night, you worry constantly and going out to dinner once a year is a dream. Their teenage years are your nightmare. And then you continue to worry about them when they are adults.
Now I’m at the end of that cycle and as retirement nears, I will finally be able to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. My husband and I can move wherever we want to. I can get a part-time job if I want to, doing anything that my heart desires and is legal.
I can sleep late….oh I can’t do that anymore. Physically I need less sleep and always wake up early. I can sleep all night…oh no I can’t, I have to get up and go to the bathroom. I can vacation whenever and empty out my bucket list. Oh no I can’t. I’ll be on a fixed income.
Why I really want to retire? Top 5…
- Do stuff with my church
- Frequently see my grandchildren but on my schedule, not be their babysitter
- Watch Netflix
- Attack my Goodreads list
Ok, it was 7.
My best reason to continue working?