Up until now, I never thought about retiring, in my family it simply never happened. My grandfather was working until the day he died, my grandmother is still working even though she is 88 years old. Even though, both of them had the money to comfortably retire 20 years ago. With that being said, I can’t see my parents retiring either. I guess things like this run in families sometimes. As this article is more about my retirement plans, and less about what is my family’s philosophy on retirement, here is what I would do if I end up retiring. The chances are I wouldn’t stay where I am now, and I would probably move to Asia.
When I was in school, I spent a few months living in Southeast Asia. I wasn’t backpacking in the traditional sense, but actually living, and holding gainful employment. With that being said, as this is a part of the world that both interests me, and one that I feel comfortable moving about in, there is a very good chance that I would seek to return there. It also helps that I would be able to live like a king on my monthly social security check. While in Asia, I would probably do a few things.
To me, education is extremely important, and not just for employment purposes. If I would have the opportunity to go back for studies, there is a good chance that I would try and do so. If I was in Asia, the chances are I would be living in Singapore, as they have a very high quality of life, and it would be easy for me to get around. In terms of education, the universities in Singapore are of excellent quality, and they are reasonably affordable. Let say I don’t go to Singapore, and instead travel to Thailand. If that is the case, I would try to learn as many Asian Languages as I possibly could. Many languages in Southeast Asia are very similar to one another, and with intensive study, I could easily become fluent in 2 or 3 languages in a very short period of time. Another thing that I would occupy my time with would be travel
When we are working, we have very specific responsibilities, while we earn money and pay our bills, the downside of this arrangement is that we have very little time to do what we would like to do. I love to travel, and would be thrilled to have more time to do so. Don’t get me wrong, travel would not be the main focus of my time, but it would be a very large one. There are a lot of things that I can see and do in foreign lands, that I am unable to do back home in the United States. Besides, at the very least, if the retirement in Asia doesn’t work out, I will have some pretty cool stories to tell. If you are wondering what hobbies I would take it, it would really depend on what age I retire at.
If I retire at 80 or 90 years old, the chances are my only hobby would be sitting at the nursing home waiting for lunch and dinner. As of now, it probably won’t happen that way. The chances are I’ll retire sometime in my 60’s. This leaves me some time to take up an interesting hobby such as photography. I have always been interested in pictures. The saying is that a picture is worth a thousand words. I have to admit, that they are right on this one. Even someone who cannot read and understand this article can likely understand a picture. Visual meetings are for the most part universal, and pictures can help breakdown a culture barrier. With that being said, I’d love to improve my photography skills and would welcome all the spare time that I would have in retirement to go about doing so. This is probably just one of many things that I would try during my time in retirement.
To conclude, while for me retirement is still a long ways off, I can guarantee now that I will have a really interesting one when, and if I ever retire.