Again, I was watching a home tv show, and this one featured a giant house that was just 2 blocks from the ocean. The house was huge, but did need some work. The cost was $720,000, which actually seemed low to me given its large size. Living by the beach sounded so good. However, living by the beach is not option for us now as I could not uproot my kids. Oh wait, I also can’t afford a $720,000 house that needs renovations. Anyway, I started thinking 20 years down the road, and thought I would share what my dream retirement would look like.
Start of dream…………………………………………………..
My house would be as close to the ocean as possible. It wouldn’t be a smelly ocean either. It would be a very fresh and clean ocean. (Side note: When I was visiting California once, we climbed over a sand dune and ran down to the smelliest beach I have ever encountered. We saw two lumps in the distance and there were 2 dead seals laying there. It was horrifying. I was so surprised that some beach patrol hadn’t cleaned them up. It wasn’t a heavily populated area of the beach, but the campground nearby had access to the beach, so I am sure someone must have seen these poor seals before we did.) Anyway, I would walk the beach daily and see dolphins and seals. My hair would be soft and luxurious from the salty air.
My family is also incredibly healthy in my dream retirement. We would have no problem jogging on down to the beach and going for a lengthy stroll. As an added bonus, my immediate family lives nearby. As a matter of fact, my kid’s families all love me and my house, and they visit all the time. My kids love to grocery shop and barbecue! My mom lives either with us or next door, and she enjoys the beach as much as I do.
I own a car, but don’t really need it for daily driving because there is a really cute downtown area within walking distance of my beach house. There is reasonably priced produce and other food available at the local stores, and there is an old-fashioned hardware store where we can buy odds and ends. We can even sit on chairs on the porch of the hardware store and drink some lemonade. I have made a lot of friends in my neighborhood, so there is always someone to talk to when I go out. We also own a successful small bookstore in this town, which also sells old fashioned candy and has a cafe. Not a Starbucks cafe though. We work there a couple hours a day, but more for the socialization than anything. I also bake cookies and banana cream pies, and sell them in the cafe.
We also volunteer. We adopt puppies and train them to become leader dogs for the blind. It is hard to let the dogs go after their training, but we know it is for a good cause. We also tutor underprivileged kids in math and reading.
We travel about a month out of the year, and it is to somewhere new each time. Europe one year, Australia the next. We learn about interesting places and plan for that vacation all year. We might even head down to Disney World with the grand kids now and then. We also take small trips out of the blue. We hop in the car and just drive to wherever we end up. No schedule, no plans, no nothing. We just live, and stop to see whatever we want to.
End of dream………………………………………………………..
Well that was certainly interesting. I typed all of that as it popped into my head. I actually never thought of what my perfect ‘retired’ life would be. Maybe my idea of perfection will change in year, but that is where it stands now.
Have you ever thought about what you want in retirement, in detail? What is your dream?