Then what? You could move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos. Everyone can understand the wisdom of this parable and yet we ignore it in practice. Myself included. Do you want what you want because you want it or because the world wants you to want it? A higher social status. We can argue that all we want, but at the end of the day, that is what our wants represent to a large degree. Yet, no matter how much we attain, more rarely leads us to happiness.
Our goal for retirement shouldn't be about having more stuff.
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Rather, it should be finding fulfillment in our daily lives. What makes this such an ironic post for me is that, as a financial advisor, many people assume that my goal or job is to help them accumulate more. More money. More stuff. More trips. I politely disagree. My goal is actually quite different than that. When is the last time you sat in a quiet place and thought about what you truly want out of your life? Or what a successful retirement actually looks like for you? I am, however, encouraging getting in tune with yourself to identify what might make your retirement truly fulfilling.
What might you do in life that would cause you to feel that you have led a life well-lived?
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Spending time with your children or grandchildren. Having dinner with friends.
What do you truly want out of your life? What does a successful retirement look like for you? Thanks for reading!
Ashby Daniels. Today's post includes a special feature: A short video summarizing the first few weeks from our Great American Road Trip, a 3-month cross-country RV trip with 4 dogs! Until then, enjoy your summer! I appreciate the comment! I often think of my early retirement goals as returning to the grad student lifestyle, biking everywhere, reading daily, exercise daily, and socializing.
The ironic thing is I dropped out of a Stanford PhD program so I could go start my career and make money, although the end goal is to get right back to that same lifestyle! Getting back to our roots and the things we truly find fulfillment in is what life is all about.
Thank you for your comment! I personally enjoy the variety and challenge myself to try new endeavors that last 6 months or a year, which has worked well so far. I recently found myself wanting to roll my Roth to a self-directed account and start learning to do real estate loans. Meeting people in the FIRE community gets me spun up, but also makes me re-ask that age old question, if I am the Mexican Fisherman or if I want more, more, more!
Thank You for this insightful article! Soooooo True!. I retired from a long career about 3. Everyone has to find their own path. I enjoy the slower pace of life, but I still continue to blog. I enjoy being busy and producive for a few hours every day. You just have to find the right balance for yourself. We all change as we age anyway. I always jokingly ask what they plan to do during the other 48 weeks per year? Are those Hillsdale College shirts?? A great institution for learning, leadership and freedom from government.
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