Thus far retirement for me has been a joy and the deeper I get into it the better I’m getting at it. The reason this has happened is because I’ve seen retirement as a new beginning not a journey to the end. I seek new adventures, new challenges and new friends. Here’s a list of the 10 things that I’ve put into my
life that has made my retirement a joy.
- Love my wife. I’ve promised to love my wife as much as I love myself and work to make sure she knows it.
- Stay physically active. This first required me to lose some weight and get physically fit. I joined a gym and started going five days a week. I bought a good bike, a $2500 bike. I’m committed to ride it three days a week when the weather permits and it’s in the back seat when ever we travel by car.
- Form a Guy Group. Found a small group of guys that can go on a “Guy Trip” once a year or more.
- Build a business. I’m building a retirement business that produces an ongoing stream of income. To do this I must keep learning and challenging my mind.
- Travel. We’re seeing the world and experience how other people live. Our trips to Asia and Central America and Europe and Russia has opened my eyes to the rest of the world and has made me appreciate other peoples ways of life as well as the quality of my life.
- Be competitive. I like to measure myself so I qualified to run the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes in the 2011 Senior Olympics, I’ll be cycling in the 2013 Senior Olympics and I’ll do my first Triathlon in May. I’ve run four mini marathons 15 5k races,
- Build Family Traditions. I want our family to do things after I’m gone because that’s what our family dose and that’s how our family stays together.
- Write a memoir. I don’t know much about my grandfathers, I know nothing of my great-grandfathers. That’s not going to happen to me, I wrote Tall Grass and have had it published. I’m leaving something of myself behind.
- Stay involved with my children. I believe that it’s part of my responsibility as a parent to help my children to have a better life then I’ve had, thus they need to learn from me and I need to continue to help them.
- Gather memories. I’ve been alive now for 25,003 days, at any given time I can only remember 50 to 75 of them. I need to have more memorable days.