Join me in declaring your "Early Working Retirement!" Why wait until we're 65 years old to retire? It is not like I'm going to have a pile of money that enable me to stop working and start living! I am living now, and who knows if I'll even make it to 65 years old. Being realistic, I have spent the past 25 years trying to save money for retirement, and I'm still living hand to mouth with no savings to speak of. Based on these results, I have come to the realization that I'm going to be working some kind of a job until the day I die, so I stopped deluding myself into thinking that I'll be able to enjoy my retirement in the way that I was led to believe. I decided to start enjoying my retirement now!
To some people, this may seem like I am giving up, but I am not. I am giving in. Giving in to the reality that I will not be earning enough to save money any time soon. I'm giving in to the reality that I was fed a line about a grand vision of retirement, but that current times prevent that vision from happening. Most people truly believed that we would grow up, have great jobs, save lots of money, and retire at 65 with a yacht and a condo in Florida. I'm giving in to the reality that I will be working some kind of a job to make ends meet until the day I die. And I'm really starting to enjoy every moment of every day in a whole new light.
I hope that discussions on this blog will inspire others my age to declare their retirement and really start living for today. Not all of us are so lucky to have awakened this morning. Live like today is your last!
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