Like many of you, I have spent the past 30+ years of my life in corporate America, working at numerous technology start-up companies in the Bay Area. My main focus has been within sales, specifically inside sales. Along the way, there have been good times and bad times with uncertain times scattered liberally throughout. Overall, it has been a good journey, I have worked with some wonderful people, and I have been able to feed and raise my family successfully.
So how is it that at the tender age of 52, I am now receiving regular mail from AARP? American Association of RETIRED Persons – isn’t that for old people – well at least OLDER than I am? Wasn’t it just yesterday that my parents were crossing this same threshold to become AARPites?
Retirement should bring visions of carefree days spent with a loved one traveling, reading books, relaxing in the knowledge that we have paid our dues and are now reaping the rewards for our labors. The Golden Years – our days in the sun. Retirement life should be our time to do what really matters.
But if recent times tell us anything it is that nothing is guaranteed and the only certainty is uncertainty. The massive mortgage collapse, financial institutions implosion, health costs sky rocketing, 401k savings reduced by 50% – welcome to our scary reality. How can we prepare ourselves for this inevitable event?
I started LoveBeingRetired.com for two reasons – (1) to attempt to navigate the HUGE amount of retirement information currently available on the internet and distill into accurate, succinct information. In effect, create a checklist to identify NOW those things that we can do so our retirement is the best possible. (2) Equally important to discuss and share what we can do to help assure a QUALITY retirement, filled with fun and adventure and excitement that makes each day worth getting out of bed.
From day one, which is today, I invite you to share what you do now or plan to do to maintain your sanity when you are no longer working, when your time is truly your own.
LoveBeingRetired.com is intended to be a discussion. Some of you are retired today and have much wisdom to share with the rest of us – please do. All of you will retire at some point and if you are not thinking about it today, hopefully these discussions will help to get the juices flowing. The goal is to learn together and benefit from sharing thoughts, recommendations, warnings, fun experiences, and life-long-optimism. Remember, retirement is only the beginning.
Don’t forget to pick up a free copy of my Navigating the Retirement Jungle, available upon request by mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.