Recently I asked about someone who had retired. Did anyone ever talk to them? "Well some of the folks here have. He said he waxed his tub the other day"
Let that sink in. Pun intended. He waxed his tub. I don't know about you but:
- I had never heard of this and;
- I could not imagine that being something I do after retirement
Here is the kicker: I can't imagine what I would do after quitting work. Retirement.
Retirement is not something I think about a lot. As I told my daughter, I have to be careful about spending too much time in the future, so I purposely don't think about retirement that often. But if you have read any of my ramblings here or spoken to me is person, I do drift into the future periodically.
Years ago I was working at a company and there was an older gentlemen I crossed paths with each day. He was probably in his mid to late sixties. He mentioned to me one day that when he retired he wanted to go to Branson, Missouri. This is where they had a Midwest type of Nashville. He never made it. He died on thanksgiving day later that year.
That had a lasting effect on me. Don't wait for retirement to do things.
Sitting back and planning what to do in retirement is crazy.
First you assume you will make it. Then you imagine all these activities that will occupy your time. That is where it gets weird. What activities?
My daughter suggested gardening. Puke. I even hate yard work. Golf? Uh, no. Fishing? I get sea sick.
So there is the rub. There is not a bucket list in my future or even present. There is not a tremendous driving force in me to do something special in retirement. I think my wife has it right. When we spoke to our financial planner, he asked her what she thought he retirement age would be. It was some number in her 70s! If you think about it, that is the best approach:
- Continue doing what you like
- Experience life as it comes
- Don't expect a grand plan
- Be ready to adjust your trajectory
As time goes on I realize there are only a few things to consider. Are you healthy, do you have solid relationships, are you relatively safe?
Maybe waxing a tub is not such a bad idea.
What about you? What would you do in retirement?