The ability to retire early is something a lot of people dream about. It certainly first and foremost on my mind as found myself in my late fifties. For a while I thought I would be able to do it but, then, the Great Recession of 2008 occurred, and I watched my 401K get cut in half along with everyone else’s. It was devastating. People don’t remember how scary it was because the country came out of it rather quickly relatively speaking. When you read about how the Depression lingered, you come to realize the way we dealt with the economic events of 2008-9 was far more effective. But, the dream to retire early had to be put on hold.
As we rebuilt our finances and, again, approached retirement age, some of our friends questioned our wisdom about giving up our careers and cutting off our income. Even worse, what would you do all day? I was amazed at that question and then realized they were very serious. I would have loved to have been able to retire early because I never had any doubt about how I was going to spend my time and, even better, I knew how relieved I would be leave Corporate America. In fairness, they were very good to me but I couldn’t wait to get out.
As you explore this website, you’ll start to get an idea of how wonderful the possibilities of retirement are. If you start to study the topics we cover, we hope you’ll start to see yourself pursuing one or more of the activities we discuss. If you enjoy learning new things, please explore the resources we mention throughout these pages. Do you want to learn more about our country’s fascinating history or have a better understanding of how our government works and the great Americans who influenced the events that brought us to where we are today? You can start right now.
Do you have a curiosity about the vastness of the universe we’re a part of or what happens at the bottom our oceans? Or how ancient civilizations were build and what happened to them? Did you want to study astronomy, archaeology, geology, geometry or learn another language? These opportunities and more await you.
Did you want to pursue a hobby or sport that you’re interested in? Did you want to take up golf, cycling or pickleball? Did you want to add to your collection of coins or stamps or antiques? Did you want to start a garden or learn how to cook? Did you want to brew your own beer or make your own wine or even start your own distillery? The time is now!
Did you want to travel the world or see this country the way it’s never been seen before or just visit your family and friends whenever you want? Again, the possibilities are endless especially if you’re lucky enough to retire early. Come follow along and we’ll guide you down the path of possibilities. You’ll learn more about this wonderful world we live in and, quite possibly, more about yourself.
Retire Early? There’s nothing better. If you’re able to swing it, by all means, do it. Don’t give a second thought to how you’ll spend your time. Just worry about how you’ll get to do all the things you want to do. It’s time to Enjoy Retired Life!