A recent event caused us a lot of worry as to what the future held but, on the positive side, made us realize that if we want to go in to retirement and spend the rest of our life hopefully being happier, we need to remember what’s important.
So we reassessed our priorities as well as our financial needs and realized that financially we didn’t really need as much as we first thought if we approached it right which makes an early retirement (early at 60?) much more achievable. It may be that I enter retirement in stages but it’s all about taking those important first steps.
One of those first steps I took is that I’ve now chosen to work 4 days a week instead of 5 days to start enjoying more of my remaining time. On top of this, we are streamlining our possessions so that when we do decide to up sticks and move abroad it will be easier. This may sound an odd first step but when you’ve worked since you were 15 and now 58, it’s quite a major step to voluntarily give up part of that working life. which has been with you so many years.
It’s rather liberating, I never thought an old so-and-so like me could get excited anymore but it’s never too late:-)
This is my first post on a blog and one of many to come as my partner and I start prepare for semi-retirement next year. This is something long overdue as I started working at 15 and I’m now in my late 50s.
I’ve spent a lot of years on the tools as a motor mechanic but was fortunate enough to switch careers in my 40s. I say ‘fortunate’ as I never really enjoyed being a black hander (that’s what they called us mechanics in the Army) but coming from a working class background I was expected to get a trade under my belt which of course I did.
The career I was to find myself in turned out to be something I was good at (still am I think) and actually enjoyed for the most part. I became a Project Planner which is basically helping companies work out what needs to be done to deliver a product, upgrade or new factory, for example, how best to tackle it and then helping them keep on track along the way.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret my many years as a black hander. Firstly, there’s no point in regrets as its done now. Plus, between that and quite a few years in the Army, it helped make me the man I am today (though some may not agree that’s a good thing!).
This is just a quick post to get me thinking and start the ball rolling quite frankly as I want to bring to these pages some of the things we’ve done to be able to retire at what will be 60 when it comes and enjoy life before its too late.
So hopefully you will come back and visit as you and I go on this journey together…and with my wonderful wife as well of course.
Until then, stay well