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 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. 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.