Retirement With Less Fear

This is a subject that I think about in my own retirement years.

With those thoughts in mind, I was driving home the other day. It was a warm summer’s day, and just getting into the car, I was drawn back to the road and the simple beauty of the sound of the approaching car. I had done the necessary Advisory Car accuracies (ocation and driving Chris in his jug/ insecurity vehicle) and was beginning to get familiar with ” engaged autopilot mode” gist as we mistress of cars have become at this point in my life.

I have always wondered is all of this stuff really necessary? Can you live by yourselves, on a simple road and keep to yourselves, knowing at the end of the month to collect all the credit card bills? Essentially, is there even room in our lives for joy, relaxation, sleep, and just having fun?

Over the course of the last thirty years I have initiated many changes in my marriage/partnership. Several of which are in service to those two important challenges we confront on a day-to-day basis. I would like to share them with you today in hopes that it may help you plan your retirement with less fear and more enjoyment.

People say we must only live 75 years or so. Is that really true?

I have been scrutinizing home sales for a living, looking for the ” journal” items (or pocket guides as my friends would call them) in the current generation. These tend to be the types of things we don’t take notice of, but then wonder about later. What are they worth, or even worth MUCH less than they are sold for?

Two items I’m particularly interested in are antiques, and cars.

There are a lot of cool things to find in your own area: in locked guard boxes of old books, or up in the tree in second-hand cars that once belonged to you or a buddy. Look for the things you would have bought if only you had the money and time to do it yourself.

Also, check you out online: go to craigslist, yahoo, or any other site that’s dedicated to second-hand cars. A friend of mine even found an old hot dog owned by the naked persuasion. In addition, there are a lot of electrical items, and things of that nature, that are way out of reach for the average open-mindeder like myself. Most people these days have an internet connection, where half the battle for a treasure seems to be won.

It’s important to realize that when I say buy, I don’t mean to acquire an actual object. I’m more interested in finding an actual treasure that only rarely, or never, gets resold for more than the asking price.

However, if you some things, I would much rather see you save and hold onto it. Everything I buy or save gets stored, secured, or displayed in a manner that makes it seem you paid a pretty penny for it.