You know what’s super rad about being a dreamer?
All of the badass and crazy things I get to think about (no limits). You could say that I am a side order of Patricia Pan, Peter’s less popular, yet super-fly sister.
I have decided that fearing retirement is a completely irrational way of thinking about something that is totally within my control. Thanks, Andrew!
So, I’ve done a 180, because I’m the boss of dreamer me.
What are my goals when I’m not punching the proverbial clock?
Here’s my list.
- Travel. Basically, I want to be a geriatric female version of Rick Steves. I know a lot of people want to travel in retirement. That is a big factor in my personal math on how much to save. I know that I am likely to be spending a little less than I am making now until I basically drop dead of a weird tropical disease, or am bitten by some incredibly poisonous insect.
- Write books for money. I’m already a writer, and I plan on writing until I’m dead. So, am I saying that I’m not going to retire? Not from doing what I love. Plus, maybe it will provide some extra income when I am no longer punching 70+ hours per week. Also, why not (try to) monetize my love of travel and writing? (Watch out Rick, I’m coming for you.)
- Volunteer. “I see what you did there. Love, Karma”
- Invest in innovation and youth! I need money to live, but I also want to invest in my children and grandchildren and great grandchildren.
- Destroy my alarm clock. I don’t think this one requires an explanation. Sleep until noon? YES, please!
My list is no joke. It also means that I have to make small sacrifices today, in order to see this come to life. I contribute to my company’s provided retirement plan, and they match my contribution up to 4%. And I can’t get that free dreamer money unless I am contributing.
What you can’t afford to do is NOT save.
Do you have a list? That’s how dreams become badass reality! So dream big dreamers, and tell me about your list!