One of the things I love about blogging is getting reader feedback. It gives me something to think about . . . which is one of the reasons I blog in the first place. Which is why I really enjoyed getting the following comment.
"Keep in mind that the earlier you retire the more you have to save because you'll have a larger number of retired years to budget for. There's always the option of semi-retirement - getting a low stress part-time job where you get out of the house, have that social time and financial reward but leave behind the stress of a full-time career. Just something to think on.. "
I've been thinking about the above reader comment which was posted on Early Retirement article. The comment has two aspects, the numbers side which I'll get to at a later date and the question of what I would do when retired. It is true that a low stress part-time job (like being a kayak instructor or a camp councillor) gives you both meaning, social interaction, and a sense of purpose and for a lot of people is a great idea. Personally I'm planning on taking on a high stress full-time job that costs me money instead of making it.
In other words I want to be a parent. Specifically I would like to be an adoptive parent. Financially I would like to reach a point that for my retirement the number of children that I raise is limited by my energy and time not by finances. I believe that this would give me an amazing challenge and a deep sense of fulfilment. I am not deluded into thinking that it will be easy or that it will be all happy days, both the things in this world worth doing are seldom easy.
Have a question? I'd love to hear it!