Have you ever thought about what will be going on with you in later life? And after you get the important stuff such as how & where you’ll live sorted, what shoes will you be wearing?
I often use a visualisation technique where I have a chat with myself plus 10 years if I have a decision to make, or just to see how the older & wiser me thinks I’m going. She gives me lots of valuable feedback and right now seems quite happy with how we’re trucking.
As I do for inspiration, I look at the people of my life, this time the generation before me, many of whom are at various stages of retirement and all are doing it differently, so I’ve decided it’s a good time to have a chat with my much older self: me plus 25 years.
2012 me: How are you doing in general?
2037 me: Pretty good. We live well but not extravagantly and get pleasure from the simplicity of our life. The garden is looking great and feeds us & the chooks. We’re still doing projects on the house to amuse ourselves but all the planning ahead and work you did in the early days fixing it up and making it energy & environmentally friendly paid off.
2012 me: What are you doing?
2037 me: Much as I thought. We’ve never really retired in the true sense of the word. Both of us continue to work, but it’s flexible: partly self-employed, casual, part-time & changing, depending on if we’re at home or travelling. Not for the money but to stay active and in touch with the world. Ok, the money is handy too.
2012 me: How did things work out financially?
2037 me: Not so bad. You did good paying off the house, not incurring any more debt & keeping those savings. The superannuation funds, well, they are what they are but I don’t have to worry. There’s enough.
2012 me: What’s been the best part of retirement?
2037 me: I stopped planning everything, and take things as they come. To travel and be indulgent with the amount of time we take to look around, be present & enjoy. At home, to see what the day brings.
2012 me: Are you well?
2037 me: Better than ever. Simple living suits me. I’m more active and life lends itself to “everything in moderation”. I found fulfilment in a lifestyle I believe in, and living with integrity.
2012 me: What do you miss from your pre-retirement life?
2037 me: Aaah, a guilty pleasure – home delivery dinner. Logistically we usually have to pre-think it and even though some nights we’d kill for Thai or pizza, when we indulge it generally disappoints. Life moves on.
2012 me: Do you still wear my favourite boots?
2037 me: Mostly practicality dictates my footwear and my true state of bliss is barefoot walking on the beach. But yes, I have the tan leather high heel boots we bought over 30 years ago. Worn with a pair of favourite jeans, as the saying goes “they complete me”.
Make time for a chat with your older & wiser self. You’ll be glad you did.
“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own, and you know what you know.
And you are the one who’ll decide where you’ll go.
Oh the places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss
Shortly after I began WordPress blogging I came across Commonwealth Bank’s Women in Focus Global Blogger Search Competition – In My Shoes. It was a great opportunity to practise blogging and continue my D.I.Y. social media education. For me the prize was the process, although it would have been a hoot to travel to New York or Mt Kilimanjaro with Mrs S.
Fortunately several elladee post ideas leant themselves to the theme. Now the competition has ended I’m posting them as intended, with a few edits thanks to wisdom of Robin Coyle.
This is post 2 of 4 of my blog “one foot in front of the other”.