retirement means freedom
In two weeks I'll be out of the country and I am excited about it. However, I don't feel the need to rush through the rest of the month. Actually I am willing to coast through the rest of the year. Summer can slowly give way to autumn, my favorite time of year, and then winter can walk onstage.
60 Minutes had a segment about people past retirement age who went back to work and why. Personally I was a little confused about their reasoning. They said that they were bored at home and needed something to get them out of the house and keep them busy. I guess that that makes sense, but I doubt that that will apply to me. Here is what I envision that I will do in the future.
Age 65: Retired and free to do what work kept me from doing for far too many years.
I will travel the world for five years. To me that seems like a reasonable amount of time to fully see what I want to see, be it Europe or Asia.
Then once my body needs a break from all of that traveling, I will start to paint again. I'll have the time and probably a number of ideas that I'll want to get on canvas. Just the thought of having a room full of paintings done by me is enough to make me happy. I can be productive without having to punch the clock for someone else.
Finally if the world of oil painting leaves me unsatisfied, I can always try my hand at writing short stories or a novel. Once again I will have the time and the desire to finally do it. Plus I will have a few more decades of life experience to build upon as a source of writing.
Retirement will not be a punishment for me. Nor will I get bored easily.
Today I learned that Chuck Austen will be taking over the writing chores for Geoff Johns on The Avengers. This surprised me and I have to say that I am disappointed to see Geoff leave after less than a year on the book. Maybe he was there for a year, but it doesn't seem that way to me.