This month’s Living Out Loud theme is “Gone Fishin’”. We’re supposed to write about where we see ourselves during our retired years.
When I hear the word retirement, I think of having grown old with the one I love, grey hair, wrinkles, and a few extra pounds. I think of the time finally arriving for us to live life at a leisurely pace. Maybe the laughter of granchildren. But mostly, I think of living without schedules and time retraints.
Like the rest of America, we took a big hit with the stock market crash, and Social Security will probably be bankrupt by the time we are old enough to retire. So, I wonder if we’ll ever actually be able to live the good life we’d hoped for not but adequately planned.
Ideally, Dirt Man and I’d like to blow this joint here with all the traffic and pollution and get back to nature. It will be much easier for him as he is actually one with God’s finest. I, on the other hand, have become a slave to convenience. I enjoy being less than five minutes from the grocery store, fast food, shopping, and good friends.
There are several businesses I’d like to pursue in my retirement days. I can’t imagine staying completely idle nor do I have any desire to do much traveling except on my own legs or vehicle. Forget boats and planes…not even going there. I’m sure I’ll continue to volunteer here and there, but I want to do something to feed my creative side as well.
My true passion would have me with a fiber arts studio and Dirt Man with a woodworking shop. I’d design and sew quilts among other things, and he could make the quilt hangers and racks among other furniture. I’d probably continue needle work as well. These things would be contingent on how long my fingers and back held up.
My dream retirement would allow me to stay up into the wee hours to write since that is when inspiration seems to hit, and then it would allow me to sleep in later. By this time, I would hope that this area in which we’d like to move will have modern internet service instead of the current stone age dial up connection. Dirt Man’s counter hobby to this is his computer graphic art. These days we spend a lot of time together but each working on our own computers. I can see us doing that well into retirement years.
Another thing that I would love to do is breed dogs. If I did not live in the city, I’d do it now. We bred our black lab years ago. It was such a rewarding experience. I love dogs as much as kids. Of course, this venue would forego the sleeping in part, and be a bit more physical work. But I think the benefits of the canine play and unconditional love would far surpass the effort.
The other thing we’d enjoy doing together is opening a Bed and Breakfast. I’d run the house and cook the meals. I love cooking for a lot of people. And the baking of the desserts. And the after dinner wine sipping. And the company and entertainment of people from all walks of life. What’s not to like about this dream? Dirt Man would like to be a river tour guide for trout fishing expeditions based from a home office. This sounds like an enjoyable way to spend our golden years.
It really doesn’t matter what we end up doing or where we end up doing it as long as we do it together. I wouldn’t want to grow old with anyone else.