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Woddy Allen once stated “In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people’s home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!”
I was born in 1969. Therefore I have never thought that my “retirement” would resemble that of previous generations. I have never once thought that at some poiint in my life, I would get a watch and spend the rest of my days on a porch, sipping lemonaide, doing crosswords, that “dream” is more of a nightmare.
For the above reasons and the fact that we now live in 2012, I’m redesigning my retirement. I’m going to retire today. Opting for short bursts of freedom and pleasure while I’m still young and vibrant. My life moving forward will be a mix of intense business accomplishments, working with my partner to guide our company to maxium profitablity, but having the freedom to travel while making this goal a reality.
Instead of spending “hopefully” 30 years doing “nothing” after I’ve given my heart and soul to my company, . I’m goiing to take that 30 years and break it up into month long sabaticals in other countries. With technology, we can travel, still remain in close contact with our staff and respective offices, but also experience all that life has to offer.
We have already started this lifestyle by traveling about once a month for a few days at a time. This allows for our “testing” of our retirement life. The next major phase will begin in 3 years when all 3 children are in college and we can begin leaving for a month at a time. If technology allows this freedom today, I’m juiced to see what the future holds.
Argentina, Cost Rica, Africa, and all parts of Europe are all on our agenda. Prior to arriving in our respective foreign land, we will be taking some basic language classes to help us navigate our way around, but I’m sure as in the past, my hand gestures will allow for acceptable communication.
In 3 years, I’ll be 45 years old. My plan is to live to 85 at which time I will die performing some weird extreme sport that goes terribly array. All things being equal, that is 40 years of travel, bliss, and happiness.
If you are 30, 40, 50, or 60, do not wait to begin living the life that you can live today. Traditional retirement is a gone, rethink your life and retire today.
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