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Sailing into uncharted territory

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A fool and his money are soon parted, is the saying I believe. Well, I know I’ve never been the sharpest tool in the shed so I’ve got to work hard on keeping this from happening as I get closer to retirement age. So I’m meeting with someone knowledgeable in these matters. I have a long list of questions and a lot of current status of what I have for the future and a few different plans of action to run by him.

I look at this like I do my favorite garage. I look for honesty. I look for ability. I look for a great batting average. I look for good communication.

In some ways I’ve planned well for retirement and in other ways not. It’s too late to make any huge adjustments at this point. About the only thing that could change it for the better is if I worked longer or deferred the time to start Social Security.

Working longer is always a possibility. In some applications it could work out very well. For instance if I could work from home. You remove the commute from my current job and that takes the satisfaction level way up.

It all depends on a bunch of moving factors. Will my company want me around that long? Will I want to continue with them? Will we have our health? Will the economy not go in the tank between now and then? And a few hundred other variables.

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So I’m going to try to have that safety net under us for as long as I can. Do I wish I had the money to travel the world and treat my better half to all the wonders of retirement? Yes I do. But if we can remain healthy, stay in the home we love for a long time together, enjoy our children and grandchildren, I’ll be a happy camper.

I’m sure we will take a few trips and I’m trying to budget those into retirement but we won’t be a globetrotter couple.

I don’t want to give the wrong impression about how I look at retirement. I plan on being very active. Maybe working as hard as I do today, if not harder, but for things I’m interested in. To spend more time with family and friends and helping others. To work on my arts and crafts and maybe create something for people I’d be proud to look at and leave behind.

I dream about what I can do with all that time that I spend at the job that pays the bills each day now. Well, I do a little more than dream. I’m trying to get an early start on it. But its tough working a demanding job and trying to get that early start. Sometimes it wears me out where that and other parts are affected negatively. Always got to work on keeping a smart balance in life. Once I cross into that negative territory I always have a struggle returning to the other side.

Don’t sail on the dark side.
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Just being able to take the time to rest and not work when I’m not feeling well. I’ve worked so many days in my life sick as a dog. Stupid dedication. Some times in the career it’s been expected and almost demanded by the way its set up and staffed. Other times its my own sense of dedications and purpose that drives me to work when under the weather.

Holy crap, I’ve rambled on to long about this. Time to wrap things up with a few Random thoughts and then finish some chores this evening.

Random Thoughts of the Day

I’m feeling focused. I’m feeling positive. In some ways I’m feeling very inspired. I’m feeling healthy today. I’m feeling blessed by words from my best friends. I’m feeling better that I finally heard from my sister. I’m feeling that becoming a grandparent will be an amazing time in life. I’m feeling at peace with myself. I’m feeling at peace with others. Of course that might change when I get in the car to go shopping tomorrow.

Oh yeah, I forgot to add one feeling. I’m feeling loved. Ain’t life grand.

For someone who portrays himself as a high IQ, Individual #1 sure appears to be dumb as a box of rocks, guess that is what happens when you don’t have the ability to listen and believe there isn’t anyone smarter to get info from.

I wish I had learned a few instruments. Creating music and lyrics is a wonderful art.

Why do I feel disappointed in almost every action with Bank of America? Oh yeah, its Bank of America.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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