Why to Retire Early

Why to Retire Early.....

I am only going to be 50 years old this fall but I am dreaming about retirement.

  • Not because I hate my job and dread it, although I did have those types of jobs in the past. I have had the kind of jobs where Sundays were a waste thinking about Mondays. Thankfully I am past those.
  • Not because I think I can no longer contribute, I feel like I am doing some of the best work of my career. I love certain parts of this job.
  • Not because I need to help with my grandkids. My kids have no children. They are still teenagers and do not require much looking after. They know how much I do not want to be a grandpa and how I would not be able to help them that much.
  • Not because I want to sit around doing nothing. I have so much I want to do, it makes my head spin.
  • Not because I am sick and tired and old. I feel about as good as I have felt in years.

Why to retire early?

I want to retire because I have so much I want to do and I just cannot seem to find the time to do all those things.

My bookshelves are lined with books I have not read yet and even more that I want to re-read.

My kindle is packed with books.

My computer is full of books to read. Plus lots of books and articles I have drafted and want to publish and get on-line.

My goals list is long, filled with all kinds of interesting places to see and things to do. And some of these are not really that expensive.

But the problem has always been time. It has always been time and it will always be time.

There are only so many hours in a day and no matter how organized you are; how good you are at managing your time and saying no to things you do not want to do, your work life dominates your time.

There is no way to say it does not. Any other way of looking at it is naive optimism at best and incredibly foolish at worst.

Your best case scenario is to retire as young as possible and start really living.

That is my goal.

I am organized. I am good at time management. I say no constantly. Yet, I just cannot get into that groove of doing what I want. Even when I have more than a weekend off, I struggle to do what I want and go back to work on Monday feeling all grouchy and irritated.

The time to actually do what I want to do hour after hour, day after day, week after week for years on end is what I crave.

Not just a few minutes squeezed into the end of a long work day. Not just an hour spent staying up late. Not just one full day on the weekend. That just is not enough time.

You need massive amounts of time.

It is critical to obtain that time by retiring as early as possible. This may involve dramatically reducing your living expenses by moving to a lower cost area as outlined in America’s Best Places to Retire. Housing is your biggest expense. The more you reduce that cost, the better your life will be.

Feel free to visit my website at www.whytoretire.com for more of my thoughts on retiring as early as possible.

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