Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Reasons to retire as early as you can

Most people approaching retirement age probably dream occasionally about retiring early. But many
assume they can’t, or shouldn’t. Don’t be one of those. Treat the possibility seriously because it might give you a happier future.

Retirement will let you go after your bucket list. You can do things you’ve wanted to do while you can still do them. You would be surprised how busy you will be in retirement. In fact, many of my friends wonder how they had time to go to work before they retired.

Here are some reasons to retire as early as you can:
  • Lose the commute. Save the wear-and-tear on yourself and your SUV. Lose the on-the-job politics. Lose the long hours, sleep in longer.
  • Travel the world. Visit those places you have been itching to see.
  • Spend more time with your children, grandchildren and friends.
  • Expand your knowledge, take classes at a local college.
  • If you cook, take cooking lessons.
  • If you are interested in sports, volunteer to coach a little league team. Or be an umpire or referee.
  • Sit back and read good books.
  • Go online and stream all the entertainment available.
  • You can take on new projects and hobbies.
  • Your career of public service can continue by becoming a volunteer. Help those in your community that need help. Help those that are less fortunate. As an example, I joined the Rotary Club. You could also help out at a local food bank, the USO, veterans hospitals, nursing homes, etc.
  • Become a mentor. Work with groups like the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Police Athletic League, etc.
  • Libraries are not just buildings with books. Investigate all the programs available.
  • Get a new job or embark on a new adventure. For instance, if you are interested in sales, become a real estate agent.
  • If you have been itching to get into politics, you can do it. I do not recommend it, but go for it, if you wish.
  • If you want to get into political lobbying, join NARFE and help it to protect your hard-earned benefits.
  • Help protect your neighborhood by starting or joining your neighborhood watch.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next