Thinking about retirement? Friends of mine are.
I enjoyed a frosty refreshment with an old friend recently and he said, “I never thought about retirement until you retired. Since then, I think about it almost every single day”.
Another friend recently called and commented, “we haven’t talked in a while, but I have to tell you – your early retirement is never far from my mind.” He & his wife bought a new house last month and he’s hopeful they stay on their FIRE schedule.
Another friend & former colleague just found out he was losing his spot at MegaCorp and will be taking an early retirement package. He said since he got the news, he’s been re-reading all of my MrFireStation.com posts to be “fully prepared”.
As the first person in my cohort of friends and colleagues to retire, I’ve tried to productively lead others down this path. I’m admittedly quite conspicuous about showing the ‘good life on the other side’. While most people that I know are reasonably well-saved for exiting the work force, I find that many need to be assured that “you won’t be bored – there is a big wonderful world of things to do”.
Since I started “skipping school” five years ago, I have regularly used social media to post my workday road trips, early happy hours, and the general Kidulthood of our FIRE lifestyle. It helps that I love photography and capture a lot of pictures with my camera and drone.
As a result, my personal Facebook feed is a colorful collection of adventures – places to visit nearby, beautiful hikes & waterfalls, sporting events & concerts (before CV19), and other oddball excursions. I also post photos of some of the trips we’ve been on since quitting work, which have taken us all over the world.
More than a year before I early retired, I published my ‘Not Bored List’ – over 150 activities that I could look forward to each year in our new FIRE lifestyle. As suggested in Ernie Zelinski’s book, How To Retire Wild & Free, putting it together was a ‘pressure test’ of my ability to keep busy with enjoyable activities.
Frankly, after 5 years goofing off, I’m at the point now that I could probably fill 365 days of activity without too much trouble. Many weeks are too busy with activities – even though they are all fun.
I hope my adventures inspires a few people to get going on their retirement plans. I’m continually surprised that many friends my age still don’t have a particularly clear plan for what they want their lifestyle to look like in retirement. I share what I’m doing to show people that there are so many interesting things to do, there is no reason to worry about being ‘bored’.
How Evangelical Are You With Friends/Colleagues Who Are Still Working?
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