When I asked for suggestions on what to write recently, someone said I should write about what I would do when I retire. If I retire on the date I am eligible for full retirement, I will only be in my mid-50’s. I don’t plan to stay past that date and would retire earlier if I could. That means I will be retired a few years before my wife, so my plans will be different in the first part of retirement when she is still working. I’m going to write this as if I were able to quit my job today(a dream come true) as the plans would probably be similar.
I will admit that for the first few weeks I would probably do as little as possible. I would enjoy being home with no plans, read books, and watch TV. I would maybe do some small trips out to local places, but for the most part, I would just enjoy having no place I needed to be. Once that got too boring, I would move on to the next phase.
The next phase, especially since I would still be home alone, would be volunteer work. I’m not sure exactly where or how I would volunteer, but I would want to have something to do and I would want that something to make a difference. I would want to find a food bank, soup kitchen, something to help the homeless. I’ve always wished I was more available to go help with clean up and recovery efforts after natural disasters, so I might look to join groups that do that work. I would still take time to relax and do work around my own house, but I would want to make a difference.
I probably wouldn’t do much traveling while my wife is still working. I would probably take a few more trips to Kentucky to see family(until they got sick of me). I would spend more time exploring sites in DC/Baltimore that I never take the time to see now. Of course, if the kids have moved away at that point, I would spend time going to see them. The big travel would wait a few years until we are both retired.
Once we are both retired, I hope we will do more big trips. There are still a lot of places in the US I haven’t seen. I would like to do more road trips to see more of the country. If the kids are not living in Maryland, I would probably try to convince my wife to move. The location would be dependant on where my kids are living. I wouldn’t want to be too far from them. I’ve done the “live hundreds of miles away from family” thing and I don’t like it.
So, there you have it. My retirement plans. I would like to start today.