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When I was a child, it seemed like I was never quite as old as I wanted to be.
I couldn’t wait to be grown up!
Years later, my own children felt the same, always reaching for the next big thing.
Think about life. If you plan to die of natural causes at a ripe old age, how old will you be? If you live in the United States, life expectancy statistics say you’ll live to be somewhere between 78 and 88 years old. Let’s go long and choose 88 years.
Look at your life; you spent:
- One year as an infant – Birth to age 1
- Two years as a toddler – Ages 1 to 3
- Five years as a child – Ages 4 to 9
- Three years as an adolescent – Ages 10 to 12
- Seven years as a teen – Ages 13 to 19
- And you have Ages 20 to 88, a whopping 68 years, to be an adult!
Admittedly, it’s not that simple. In sixty-eight years, there are bound to be a lot of milestones. We’ll skip over those we went through as an infant because there are just so many, and we really can’t remember them anyhow. But when we were growing up, we couldn’t wait until we were old enough to:
- Go to school
- Celebrate our tenth birthday – double digits were so cool at nine and a half years old!
- Be a teenager
- Go to high school
- Get a driver’s license
- Graduate from high school
- Legally drink in a bar
I know, everyone is different. You might have done things in a different order. There might be things on my list that you’ve left off of your and visa-verse. And maybe there are things you looked forward to that you haven’t gotten to do, yet.
My point is when we’re young, we always have the next age-related milestone to look forward to. Then, somewhere in our 20’s or 30’s, we stopped looking forward to getting older.
Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty in life to look forward to. But the milestones are not quite as age related – until we hit our mid-to-late 50’s. That’s when we begin counting up again. Or maybe we’re counting down now. In any case, that’s when we begin really looking forward to retirement!
Today (October 19, 2016) is my 57th birthday.
I chose to launch Rehearsing RetirementTM today because in five years I will turn sixty-two – that milestone age when the US government believes I might be ready to retire. At a very minimum, I will be eligible to begin receiving Social Security Retirement benefits.
And just as when I was turning sixteen and approaching high school graduation, I am ready too soon. The truth is, I didn’t want to wait all those years ago, and I don’t want to wait now!
I’m ready to go to the gym and get those long-put-off projects done now. But, more importantly, I’m ready to spend more time with my grandson, to have time to play cards with friends and to travel.
That’s what Rehearsing RetirementTM is all about – preparing for retirement, planning what you want to do in your senior years, and practicing. Just as you learned how to drive and spent time behind the wheel of a car before you received your driver’s license, you should Rehearse RetirementTM too.
What are you looking forward to in retirement? For me the answers are:
- Home – family, friends, community, along with a safe and comfortable place (or places) to live
- Health – emotional, mental, physical, and fiscal
- Happiness – spending time with loved ones, doing things that I enjoy, helping others and traveling
Once a week – sometimes twice if I get really motivated – I will be posting an article about my adventures as I Rehearse Retirement, how I’m preparing for the next stage of my life and how I’m enjoying the Retirement Lifestyle now rather than waiting.
Are you ready? Join me!