Considering the amount of time I spend dreaming about how to retire, many people would think I already was. But, so far the ability to retire has eluded me.
My original plan was to be retired at 30. I had figured out that if I just had four houses or two duplexes, I could live in one unit and live off the income from the rest. Retired at 30, it sounded so simple when I was 21. But life had other ideas. I ended up out of work by 25 and had to move to another state and start over. So, my plan changed to retired at 40. And I was well on my way. By 36 I had my first house built and paid for. I had my cars paid for. I had just started a business and it was going OK. But, life had other ideas. By 37 I had lost it all, no house, no family, no business, just the monthly support payments to keep me company.
It seems in life we always have to have some kind of plan just to keep going, so, now the plan would be, retire by 50. So, I saved up some dough and built another house. It was just a little house, but it was all one guy needed and it was half paid for. But life had other ideas. Just when I was about to just become a completely useless bum in a little house at the end of a dirt road, someone special came along. Now the plan became “retire at 60.”
Well, I guess you have seen the pattern by now. Sixty came and went like a tax refund. So, “early retirement” is no longer actually possible. Now, like every other boomer who managed to hang on, I’m thinking about being retired on Social Security. I’ll get a little pension, and that will help, but the thing I’m most happy about is having that special someone to share it with.Being retired wouldn’t mean a thing without Suzanne.. By the way… my new plan is retired before 70. I think I’ll finally make this one.
This is a website dedicated to being retired. We want to talk about retirement, and more specifically, retirement plans, like where are you gonna go and what are you gonna do? And, probably most importantly, how are you gonna pay for it?
There are as many plans as there are retired people, but most probably won’t work. Let’s face it, when we’re 70 it’s a little late to be finding out that our plan won’t work. We’ve not much time left to figure it out so, with that in mind we’re going to offer up some ideas for discussion and encourage you to send in any plans you have for getting through our last years.
Well, that’s my story in a nutshell. I’d like to hear yours. I’m sure you have got a lot of thoughts and ideas about retiring. It’s never too late to start thinking about it and making some plans. Even if you are already retired you might have some ideas that could help someone else.
Comments about being retired and/or retirement ideas are greatly encouraged.
T. Michael Rearic