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.