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Work consistently on my health … without it none of the other things (travel,golf,hobbies etc) are enjoyable
To become a major actuarial loss for my employers pension fund and enjoy every minute of it.
This is a fabulous comment!
Love this comment.
Living without worry — specifically, living without worry about outliving my savings.
This is mine too. Second is to have leftover for future generations.
I love the freedom to build things with my hands. I love woodworking and tinkering on projects around my house. I’ve found that
Youtube and Motor Trend cable channel on TV are my inspirations. Being retired means I have the time to do things right. I am learning the art of french polishing wood.
I definitely see the fun in this…
I can’t describe what that means yet, though I have an inkling what several parts of it look like. More time taking care of myself, more time with family & friends, volunteer work, maybe starting a side business.
Donating a much as possible to my favourite causes.
My number one goal for my retirement (39 months to go, but who’s counting) is to remain as healthy (both physically and fiscally) as possible for as long as possible. I want to visit my children, travel, hike, enjoy a nice meal and enjoy the feeling of getting up with nothing more to do than enjoy my breakfast and coffee with today’s New York Times on the iPad.
I am sympathetic towards those who need to “count down” their time until retirement. I have been very fortunate to work in a field that is also my avocation so I never feel like I’m working. I’ll keep at it as long as I want.
I had a rewarding and enjoyable job that I stayed in until I was 71. Nevertheless, as retirement approached I also began counting the months. I view the joy of anticipating retirement as it approaches as comparable to the positive benefits one gets from counting the months until one takes a vacation that they have dreamed of for many years.
42 months for me!
I have the standard retirement goals, of financial security, time with family, leaving a legacy, and others. But one of the things I envied among my friends and colleagues who retired was their autonomy. I’m looking forward to doing the things I want to do on my own schedule. During my 40 year career in aerospace engineering I worked many complex projects with very tight schedules. Now in semi-retirement, I still do some consulting, but it is always based on the project schedule. I know a full retirement will include commitments to family, friends, volunteering, and other events. But I’m looking forward to a little more autonomy.
I’m just looking forward to having more time to do the things I enjoy doing. By the time I retire I will have been working full-time for thirty years straight. The longest vacation I’ve ever taken in those thirty years was a six-week break last year (in the middle of the pandemic). I read somewhere that women typically take 12-16 years off during their careers in order to care for children and/or parents. This is one reason women typically don’t have as much money saved for retirement as compared to men. I’ll retire in my fifties so I guess by not taking any breaks during my working years I’ll be ‘rewarded’ by being able to leave the workplace earlier than most women can.
I hope to spend as much time as I can with the greatest spouse in the world, and with awesome friends+family. And to stay married through all of that, we will have fun volunteering together for causes we care about and traveling to the places and the people we love.
Freedom is the first word that comes into my mind for this question. Freedom from having my time tied up in an office and commute every day to pursue other interests that have become more important than my first career.
Freedom from having to answer to a totally insufferable asshole week in, week out.
This is going to sound strange—maybe because it is—but I really want to pass as much as I can to my children. And I don’t see myself being retired for 30+ years, either. So I see a relatively late retirement in which I continue to live modestly and hopefully let the kids’ inheritance grow. They won’t be rich as Croesus at any rate, but I want to pass to them more than was passed to me.
Are you certain they will appreciate your sacrifice? Maybe they would like it better if you enjoyed your retirement, or at least a couple of bucket list items you might have??
I agree. I have all I need and more and my goal now is to help my children and grandchildren with their futures.