I was recently asked by one of my friends about what I want a typical day in my retirement to look like. It really got me thinking about how I idealize what it will be like When I’m Retired.
I am quite a ways off from a normal retirement of 65, but I am aiming to hit an early retirement age somewhere in my mid-to-late 30s. Because of this, it would be prudent to have an idea of what I would expect to be filling my days with.
Everyone’s retirement is going to look different and that difference, I believe, is based on the emotions you associate with retirement.
For me, I associate retirement with adventure, fun, and relaxation. Each of these emotions gives me insight into my day-to-day expectation of a successful retirement.
I picture myself waking up at a leisurely 8:30 or 9 o’clock and spending a solid amount of time taking in the sun from the window.
This is my dream so it can be sunny everyday dammit!
The key here is letting myself wake up naturally instead of to the blaring sound of an alarm.
Next up is breakfast time and another key point in my retirement. I love to cook new things and throwing together random ingredients to see what works. I’d probably leave experimentation to lunch/dinner though and stick to an assortment of hearty breakfasts to kick off my day.
To me, there’s nothing more relaxing than the sound of nature near a lake-side. In my dream retirement, I would own a small lake house/cottage and spend hours sitting out in the sun taking it all in.
I’d love to sit on my deck and read a nice book or spend some time playing guitar.
From an adventure standpoint, my desire for travel might be limited, but one might consider trying a host of new activities an adventure in and of itself. Part of the reason why I started this blog was to talk about all the different things I try out and my experiences with them.
Retirement will allow me to fully engross myself in something new without worrying about the lack of time to do so.
Getting to adventure, whether it’s to a place or trying a new hobby, can be daunting. It’s much less so when you don’t have some other plans or work to fit it in between.
I see myself spending a lot of time dedicated to being able to plop into my chair and finally finish Skyrim. Either that or playing online with all of the friends I’ve made through gaming.
Additionally, sports have always been a big part of my life. I hate cardio for the sake of cardio so playing sports has always been a great way to get that heart pumping. I would definitely expect to hop into the occasional recreational men’s soccer league or play in pick up games with people at nearby parks.
What kind of emotions does your retirement elicit? How do you envision what you’ll be doing because of those emotions?
Here are some other minor ones that I thought of to get you thinking:
Getting to an infinite amount of time on something I’ve built myself would be amazing. I briefly did so when I created my first game before I got into the workforce. I would love to get back into building games again or try something new like writing some music.
Sense of Community
I’ve never been big into volunteer work, but mainly because I am pretty selfish when it comes to my own time. That’s probably clear from my 3 main emotions above!
However, having more than enough time to get what I want done could push me towards some more community driven activities or volunteer work.
One that could have made the “Big 3” above for sure. One of the key benefits of being FIREd is being able to do what I want, when I want, over as long of a time horizon as I want.
It’s my time on this Earth and I want to be the one who gets to call the shots. Losing that freedom for a third of my day for 40~ years doesn’t seem like anyway to live.
I would say I’m a relatively happy person. Things are going pretty well for me right now and I can’t take that for granted. They say that eventually after big events, good or bad, eventually life will even out to become more or less stable again.
I anticipate being at least a good amount happier once I’ve got my my last day of work behind me. I think it’s impossible not to be, as someone with my outlook on working, at least.
Those who love working, I admire you
Try your hand at picturing a day in the life of your own retirement. What do you want out of it? It can be eye-opening to see what it is you value most about your life. Take a bit of time to self-reflect on your current lifestyle and see if you can bring some of your retirement goals into the picture.