I've been spending a lot of time imagineering lately.
I'm on my four-year retirement plan. I know 55 is a fairly young age to
contemplate retirement, but I don't plan to quit work...I just plan to quit
working for someone else...and in four years I'll be 59 1/2.
I just put my old Chevy up for sale. I've enjoyed driving that car
through the years but it's time to let it go so that someone else
can enjoy it. I'll take the proceeds and do some work on the house
so that I don't have to deal with it once I'm retired. I may get something
a little smaller to tinker with. I can see myself in a Porsche.
In retirement, it's my intention to only do the things I love. -- writing,
taking pictures, doing websites, gardening, and traveling. That's basically
what I'm doing now except for the inconvenience of driving to my day gig.
Jilda had an excellent idea which is to teach Yoga on cruise ships. We know
a couple that teaches ballroom dancing and they have one class a day and
the rest of the time on the ship is theirs....a free cruise for doing what
they love. How cool is that? So we figure we could cruise the Mediterranean
and the rest of the world at someone else's expense. When we're not on a
cruise, I'm thinking we could "summer" in Italy or perhaps the
south of France, and work on the novel then come back home when we're tired
of their cooking. Maybe spend some of the winter in Saint Martin's down
in the Caribbean. The only hitch about the latter part of the plan is that
I haven't figured out how we will finance that part, but I'm sure I'll think
of something. Maybe I should put a tip jar on the blog "Help Rick Retire
Early." I've done some preliminary work on the "Best of Life 101"
so it looks like this will happen later this year. I've already taken some
pre-orders on the project. Now if I could sell about a hundred thousand
copies, I'd be in business.
Imagineering is fun. It's like daydreaming with a purpose -- you daydream
but then start putting things down on paper and finding creative ways to
make your crazy dreams come to pass. I highly recommend it.