My son got me this nifty LEGO Architecture model for my birthday this past week. We’ve visited London several times as a family and he knows I love to build LEGO. We’ve built lots of sets together.
He didn’t know that I had actually gotten a shelf at IKEA to start building something like this almost 5 years ago. I had the idea to build & display a LEGO skyline / “City of Dreams” with small models of landmarks we have visited around the world.
It was on my original ‘Life Wheel’ list of how I was going to stay busy in retirement, but I had never gotten around to it. I brainstormed over 57 things on my FIRE list of things to do before I left MegaCorp …
As I look at the list of adventures & activities now, I’m amazed at how much I have done in 5 years. I’ve probably checked the box on about 30 of my original 57 ideas. That’s more than half the list. Most recently, we checked off a big one … “Get a dog / little buddy”.
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Of course there are some things on the list that I know now will probably never happen. I doubt I will ever write a book or learn to play the electric guitar. Still, there are dozens of other meaningful things I have done in early retirement that I didn’t expect at the outset (like survive a global pandemic)!
Importantly, I think I lived up to my goal of doing “as much as I can, but as little as I want”. It’s great to be in control of your destiny – both what you do and how much you choose to do it. It’s been a busy 5 years and I’m excited to start my next 5 with this clever little model of London!
How close to your original plans have you stayed in retirement?
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