My answer was that by the time you are in your early thirties you need to find a good career with a good union pension and a 401K or similar plan.
I don't think that was the answer he was hoping for!
I bring up retirement today because it is the first of November and I am going to take up the writing challenge of posting daily; most days will be about something for which I am thankful.
I never would have imagined that I would be retired in my mid fifties. We are far from wealthy and Chris is still working, but we are comfortable and I am enjoying life. I have a freedom that allows me to do things and make choices that working would prohibit.
A year ago I was able to be in there when my siblings had transplant surgery.
I have been able to take my parents to Chicago for an event they wanted to attend.
Last month, I took my mom to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game.
Without a work schedule, I have been free to take more ministry jobs and was a part of six different kids and youth camps this past summer.
Traveling with Chris only requires one of us to get time off work which makes scheduling so much easier.
I have been able to ride my motorcycle as often as I like and have made several long rides of 300 to 500 miles/day.
I don't get the exercise that I need to be getting, but that isn't because I don't have the time for it. It's just because I've been lazy.
And there have been many. many more great benefits.
All-in-all, it's a pretty cool thing.
And that kicks off my 30 days of posting for the month of November.
I'll try to mix in a few other posts, but figure that if I have a theme of thankfulness I will most definitely have something to write about every day!