How I picture retirement

July 22, 2011


In the book, The Art of Non-Conformity, Chris Guillebeau talks about writing out your idealized, perfect day and taking the steps necessary to achieve it. For me, the perfect day looks a little something like this:

I wake up naturally in the morning without the aid of an alarm clock.  I prepare myself a cup of coffee, sit outside and enjoy the moment. In silence, I visualize how the rest of my day will look like.  I will have a few things that I want to accomplish, but will not pack my schedule with too many competing priorities. I will have a hobby that peaks my interest at the moment and will spend a few hours working on it. If I discover a new hobby that I want to try, I will. I might also spend some time volunteering or on a freelancing project to earn a little side cash. Part of the day will be spent reading and doing some sort of physical activity whether it is hiking a new trail, taking a leisurely stroll, or doing a short, high-intensity workout. In the evening, I sit around with a few friends or acquaintances conversing through the night.  When I picture this perfect day, a few recurring themes come to light.

1) My time is finally my own. I set the times that I want to do things and no longer work on someone else’s schedule.

2) My priorities are finally my own. I am free to discover new hobbies and have new experiences as I see fit. I am no longer constrained to engage them only on the weekends or during non-working hours.

3) My idealized vision needs to be realized sooner rather than later. 65 is too late.

In order to reach this goal, one needs to have achieved a certain level of financial independence.  Achieving this and, consequently, being able to live my perfect day is my vocation.

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