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I've been spending a lot of time imagineering lately. I'm on my four-year retirement plan. I know 55 is a fairly young age to contemplate retirement, but I don't plan to quit work...I just plan to quit working for someone else...and in four years I'll be 59 1/2.
I just put my old Chevy up for sale. I've enjoyed driving that car through the years but it's time to let it go so that someone else can enjoy it. I'll take the proceeds and do some work on the house so that I don't have to deal with it once I'm retired. I may get something a little smaller to tinker with. I can see myself in a Porsche.
In retirement, it's my intention to only do the things I love. -- writing, taking pictures, doing websites, gardening, and traveling. That's basically what I'm doing now except for the inconvenience of driving to my day gig. Jilda had an excellent idea which is to teach Yoga on cruise ships. We know a couple that teaches ballroom dancing and they have one class a day and the rest of the time on the ship is theirs....a free cruise for doing what they love. How cool is that? So we figure we could cruise the Mediterranean and the rest of the world at someone else's expense. When we're not on a cruise, I'm thinking we could "summer" in Italy or perhaps the south of France, and work on the novel then come back home when we're tired of their cooking. Maybe spend some of the winter in Saint Martin's down in the Caribbean. The only hitch about the latter part of the plan is that I haven't figured out how we will finance that part, but I'm sure I'll think of something. Maybe I should put a tip jar on the blog "Help Rick Retire Early." I've done some preliminary work on the "Best of Life 101" so it looks like this will happen later this year. I've already taken some pre-orders on the project. Now if I could sell about a hundred thousand copies, I'd be in business.
Imagineering is fun. It's like daydreaming with a purpose -- you daydream but then start putting things down on paper and finding creative ways to make your crazy dreams come to pass. I highly recommend it.
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