It seems like a simple question: what do you want? Yet under the surface of the obvious answer of “a Coke please” in some situations, there is the second deeper one “what do you want out your life?”
At times I think that answer to that question is simple, other times I’m not so sure. The answer depends on the day and what I’m in the mood for. Yet in early retirement the question is far more important. After all what does a man do with a limited budget and nearly unlimited time?
Simple: what ever he wants. So the question sudden becomes more pressing to me lately and I’m starting to realize the implication of the question. In retirement I won’t just be or just do anything one thing. I will follow where my passions lead that day, week, month or year.
So one year I might finish a book. Another year I might travel a bit more. Another year I might learn a new language. Another year I might run for an elected office. Another I might actually get a job to just learn something new and get paid for it. Another year I might just build one beautiful piece of furniture. Another I might finally get better at my paintings.
You get the picture. Retirement isn’t a single picture or moment but rather an on going journey to find out today: what do you want? So what’s your answer right now if you want unlimited time and a modest budget?