UPDATED (19 DEC 16)
I have a list of stuff I want to do. Some people call it a bucket list (i.e. a list of things to do before we die). In retirement, my bucket list doesn't get shorter. It gets longer! I am discovering more things that I want to do in retirement.
Let me share a bit about my childhood.
I always liked the arcade as a boy but didn't have the luxury of visiting regularly. I always envied friends for having game consoles as a boy but didn't have the luxury of having one.
Something happened many, many years later:
I bought a Nintendo Game Cube for myself more than 10 years ago as a birthday present but as I still had a busy working life, I didn't have much time to play.
Now, I have plenty of time and I am living one of my boyhood dreams. Bored? Impossible!
We have seen many old retirees becoming aimless in their life and it’s becoming a waiting game.
I can understand for many, they have little money after retired and for some, they are rich enough but their life evolve around having dinner with a few friends and family members, travelling around as long as they are healthy enough.
Nothing meaningful and to fill their time, some even continue working….it’s sometime reminded us what is soon becoming to us but maybe we can do it differently.
I would ready like to know if you can share with us your personal experience when one retired early ?
How do you prepare yourself ?
How do you manage retirement mentality and physically when you retired early ?
What do you do daily ?
Do you plan ahead for 10 years and more ? If you start all over again, what would you have done differently ?
Any advice is much appreciated ?
I don't know about doing it differently but here are my thoughts.
I am a worrier and I plan almost everything in my life. Of course, I am aware that I cannot always get it exactly right but being approximately right is enough to make me happy.
I think it is important not to be married to our jobs and I have seen many people who do not have a life outside their working life. The danger for these people is having a feeling of emptiness if they no longer have their jobs.
I can understand that sometimes we really have to work very hard to make more money. I have been in that situation before. So, I know the feeling. For a few years, I was monetising all my free time to make more money because I wanted to retire early.
However, at some point, if we have free time, we should find something else to do. Hobbies we enjoy. Spending time with people we love. There must be quite a few things to do that is not work related.
I won't tell you what I do in my free time because each of us will have different likes and dislikes. To put it crudely, have a bucket list. :)
Retirement is not about being unemployed and having nothing to do. It is about having the time to do things we enjoy and not having to work for money.
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