January 12, 2019…a big day for me. It’s the date I chose for my mandatory retirement. I can retire earlier, but no later than that date. It’s a long story, but ultimately, knowing specific retirement dates helps my employer with personnel planning and there are financial benefits for me.
After spending 30 years (or 35 years in 2019), working for the City of Denver, even thinking about retirement causes some concerns. Financially, I should be comfortable, but what about everything else?
I set the date knowing I have five years to work it all out. My niece, Shoshanna, hit the nail on the head when she suggested the limitless possibilities scare the shit out of me. I hadn’t thought about it until then, but she’s right.
Just think, I could:
- Move to almost any place in the world, finances and laws permitting
- Write a book or books
- Volunteer for a vast number of organizations
- Run for office (just kidding)
- Explore the world
- Be a full time couch potato (an option I’m not considering)
- Change the world
- Earn another degree
- Start a new career
I know retirement will be here before I know it so I’m trying to make a road map.
There are plenty of resources about financially planning for retirement, but I haven’t seen many talking about how to transition into retirement. Here are the questions I hope to answer before then.
- What do I love to do that I’d like to spend more time doing?
- How can I make a positive contribution after I am no longer working full-time?
- How do I challenge myself to continue to learn and grow?
- How do I maintain my relationships and develop new ones?
- How do I make sure my retirement is amazing?
- What can I do now, and in the next few years, to make my transition easier?
- How to I stay motivated to be active and healthy?
I don’t have the answers yet, but I’ve begun the journey. If you, or someone you know, has any suggestions, I’m all ears…