Friday July 29th will be a day that I will remember for the rest of my life. After thirty-eight years, I finally packed in my banking career. To be honest, it will take some getting used to as my banking job played an important role in my life. It provided financial security for my family and gave me a good reason to get out of bed most mornings. My career, like most careers, had its good and bad points. Overall though, it was a good ride and one that I will miss to some degree, but I had to leave in order to publish Victory Lap Retirement and create my blog. Continue reading “Friday July 29th Was a Big Day for Me!”
The other day I was talking to a gentleman about how, in our Victory Laps, we have the opportunity to start living like a kid again. He thought that was a little weird, but I think I finally won him over by triggering some long forgotten memories in him.
Remember back to when you were a kid in school. Back then, we had no fears and anything seemed possible. We dreamt such big dreams like competing in the Olympics or becoming the president of a large company.
Life used to be such an adventure back when we were young but unfortunately over time we tend to bury our hopes and dreams, deep down inside us. We are driven to obtain financial security for our families and save up enough for eventual retirement but at some point we allow ourselves to be assimilated by our jobs and start following the crowd. We end up acting like everyone else, without knowing exactly where they are taking us, and live by rules drawn up by someone else. As a result, many people just sit back and watch their dreams slowly wither and die. They follow the same dull, boring daily routines, and feel overwhelmed by the pace of their lives, their jobs, debts owed and family obligations. When we allow our dreams to die our soul isn’t far behind.
Young people have little in the way of financial resources, but seem to have the ability to live where they want, travel where they want, and have no fear of doing what they want to do in life. We can learn (perhaps re-learn is a better word) a lot by watching and listening to our kids. The challenge we boomers face is to find a way to open our minds and take a new approach to life as our past experiences and old prejudices keep getting in the way. Don’t settle for just getting by and start looking at the world with fresh eyes. We all need to start living again just like when we were kids.
During my visits with my mother at her nursing home, I tend to observe and think a lot. After all these years, I smile when I see that she is still teaching me lessons about life. It was there that I realized that my own game clock was ticking down, two periods done with one to go and I was running out of time to do the things I still wanted to accomplish before it was game over. Time is fleeting and it is best to use it to your full advantage while you still can.
It wasn’t until I began working on Victory Lap Retirement that it came to me that time, not money, was now my most important asset. The relationship between time and money had changed for me over the years. When I worked in the corporate world, I willingly traded my time for money and I would use that money to provide security for my family. My efforts were focused on working hard and getting a promotion in order to get a bigger salary. I was willing to invest more and more of my time in order to make that happen because that was the way the game was played. But when I was finally able to achieve “Findependence” trading my time for money no longer felt like a fair exchange, other things became more important and something inside started pushing me to become the real me. The only problem was that after all those years in the corporate world I had forgotten who I was, but thankfully I was able to figure that one out eventually. Continue reading “Time: Your Most Valuable Asset”
It’s fun now because Jonathan and I finally get to enjoy the fruits of our labours. The book has been written, the Victory Lap Retirement (VLR) website and blog has come to life and we received our first book order yesterday. But there is much work to be done to accomplish our goal of building the VLR tribe and helping as many people as possible start their own version of a VLR lifestyle. Great things take time but the results are well worth it once you get there!
I have always been a firmer believer that most of the answers that we are looking for have already been written about. The trick is finding out where that information is hidden and one of the purposes of this site is to share helpful information sources with each other so that we can all benefit. I’m also a big believer in the power of role models, people who have proven successful at what I want to do. It’s much easier to see how another person accomplished some goal and then just copy what they did. Odds are if you do that you will be successful as well.
I smile every time I think about the fact that Jonathan and I have written a retirement book about not retiring. I know it’s weird, but weird seems to work in today’s world…
It all started about five years ago: the day I woke up and realized I didn’t want to do my corporate job anymore. Continue reading “A Retirement Book about Not Retiring”