TallBoy29er wrote: ↑Wed May 12, 2021 10:50 am
When it comes to retirement, a number of wise contributors on this forum have driven into my head that it is important to RETIRE TO something, not just retire from a job (God willing I get the choice and it is not made for me). I am interested in how you found your "TO":
- Are there any resources you used, eg books and blogs, that helped you think this through, and perhaps provided you ideas that you would have not pursed otherwise and were different than your preconceived options?
- At what point during your working career did you put a great deal of thought into this? Eg, 1-2 years from your target retirement date?
- Is there anything you learned after you retired that would have been helpful to think through before you made your "retire to" decision, and perhaps would have influenced you to take a different path?
I had an idea what I wanted to do in retirement, based on what I liked, what I had already done, and what I observed others doing.
- I knew I wanted to give back to the community, so I'm now the webmaster, treasurer, on the maintenance committee, and a board member for our HOA.
- I knew I wanted to get outside more, so I get in a walk every day for usually about 2 hours, ride my bike, paddle my kayak.
- I knew I wanted to get to spend more time with the grandchildren, so my wife and I babysat every week until they were old enough to attend school. Now we get to see them participate in their sports and school activities, and we get to have them sleep over on some weekends and lots more during their vacations.
- I knew I wanted to travel more, so we visit our son and daughter-in-law out west (except for last year).
- I knew I wanted to spend more time with some hobbies, so I do a lot more photography and photo editing and I play the guitar and ukelele
- I knew I wanted to try pickleball, so now I play at least 5 times per week
- I knew I wanted to socialize more, so my wife and I started Game Night in our association. We also entertain and get out to eat with friends and neighbors. And we spend time with them at our local beach.
- I knew I wanted to spend more time with my parents, so I was able to be there a lot more until their passing.
- I knew I wanted the time to read more, so I do that every day.
- I knew I didn't want to spend my time watching television during the day, so I don't. (Unless it's football, then I do.)
There's no need to have a detailed plan, IMHO, just the desire to try and do things. I had a general idea in all of these areas, but the specifics just kind of fell into place themselves. Some had to be altered due to the pandemic. But my wife and I are willing to try new things in this phase of our lives. It's been great.
My suggestion is to be open to trying lots of things. Some you won't like and you'll stop. Others you'll like and you'll keep doing them. Be flexible. Enjoy. One of the best parts of retirement is that you have the rest of your life to try things.
Just remember: it's not a lie if you believe it.