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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-18-2011, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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When you retire

When you retire, what are your hopes and dreams for things to do.
While I am still a long ways off from retirement, I already dream about what I want to do.

I hope to build a boat big enough for 2 to live on, and travel the oceans and seas of the world, and live onboard.
I will sell our current house, and land.
Not sure how many years I want to do this, but could be 2 years, maybe 8 years, only time will tell.
Once we decide to stop doing this, I plan to sell the boat, and build a nice cozy home, on a small acreage. Just a modest home, all on 1 floor so no stairs to do as we become old.
Then i want to travel a few months a year, and live a quiet home life the rest of the time.

So anyone else got dreams for retirement.

Time alone with ones thoughts, is quality time.

They say there is a lack of jobs. Seems here to be more a lack of people willing to work hard, and take pride in the work they do.

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Bit far away for me to think about it but probably travel a lot and keep on riding
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I'm thinking like you, but on land. I'd like to travel & see things, then when I'm ready, settle down somewhere, in a simple home & maybe take a nice vacation here & there.



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Heck I haven't even started a real job yet! I'm not sure where I'll end up but I imagine it'll be a house somewhere in the country with a nice workshop\machine shop to tinker with and store my bikes.

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Bit far away for me to think about it but probably travel a lot and keep on riding
Sadly its a ways away for me to.
I am only 44, but planning.
Got boat plans and house plans drawn.
Have been for many years already collecting stuff to build the boat with.
Its a long term planning, and buying thing for me.
I just hope to retire young enough, and healthy enough to follow through on my plans.
All the powertrain, fuel tanks, generator, gauges, stainless steel deck and interior fittings are too pricey new.
So buying used and fixing them if needed.
Bought an entire old boat to strip, and keep the usuable parts from.
For years been researching boat design, and building methods.

Should be well prepared by the time its a reality when I sell out and retire.

Time alone with ones thoughts, is quality time.

They say there is a lack of jobs. Seems here to be more a lack of people willing to work hard, and take pride in the work they do.

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Are you going to sell your Ferrari? JK

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Small Gulf coast Florida cottage with a small garage for bikes. 25 to 30 foot sailboat for weekenders and coastal cruising and Great health to enjoy it all.....THAT oughta do it!
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Time alone with ones thoughts, is quality time.
I have no idea when I will stop working, but I have decided to change jobs and fulfill two of the sentiments described above. I will now have 4 hours of commuting a day - I could either ride on I-25 or take the Turquoise Trail every day (http://www.turquoisetrail.org/). I will have to see how many miles I can put on the Versys.
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I hope to have enough money tucked away when I retire ( in about 15 years ) so that I only have to work ONE part time job to survive. Pension is ( essentially ) gone and the 401k is still hurting from the stock market crap in the last few years. It's kinda funny, 20 years ago the "retirement estimator" said I would have 2.5 MILLION in my 401k after 25 years of service, it better get moving soon

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Now here's a sticky wicket.
Ya see, the thing is this...I'm 51 years young.
Been pursuing my livelihood for 30 years now.
I'd like to think I have another 25 or 30 years in me. Why stop now or when I'm 65 etc. when the funs just getting good.
Many of my...betters... are still practicing there craft at the age of 70 ( and can run circles around our apprentices) and wouldn't have it any other way.

I never really understood the concept of 'retirement'.
I don't need to see Paris...or Rome...or the Scottish highlands but, The grand canyon would be nice.
...and when i can't do what I do to justify my place in the world anymore....
Well, I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
In the mean time, an occasional holiday with my sweetie then back to the 'show' is all I need and everything I ever wanted.
being productive is a wonderful gift.
Why would anyone ever want to stop being productive...If I can no longer contribute then what's the point.
Pull the plug and step aside so the next in line can take there shot.
But retirement...I don't think so.
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To answer your initial question
something like this, part time and doing what I already like doing and doing more service to the comunity.

Have seen these folks site <Bruce Roberts> ?
Been around a long time.

These are very interesting.

Spent many many years with the same dream. Unless a person is seaking the reward by the build. A quicker way from point A to point B is to buy used.

"Dreams" are an interesting thing, with the right view we can be living our dreams today.

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When you retire, what are your hopes and dreams for things to do.
While I am still a long ways off from retirement, I already dream about what I want to do.

I hope to build a boat big enough for 2 to live on, and travel the oceans and seas of the world, and live onboard.
I will sell our current house, and land.
Not sure how many years I want to do this, but could be 2 years, maybe 8 years, only time will tell.
Once we decide to stop doing this, I plan to sell the boat, and build a nice cozy home, on a small acreage. Just a modest home, all on 1 floor so no stairs to do as we become old.
Then i want to travel a few months a year, and live a quiet home life the rest of the time.

So anyone else got dreams for retirement.

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I've been retired for eight years now. My advice to everyone, enjoy everything you do. If you're doing something you don't enjoy, then change to something you do enjoy. Make sure you enjoy your job. We spend so many hours on the job, it's important that we enjoy it. And, keep working as long as you enjoy and feel good about what you're doing. Don't wait for retirement to enjoy life. Make the world what you want it to be.
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There's an old saying:...Nobody on their death bed ever said " I should have spent more time at the office" however, if you love what you do and feel your making a contribution to whatever, than absolutely go for it.

Not me....I retired 4 years ago @ 55 and love it. Now I get to control how I spend my day, not somebody else. Don't get me wrong, I liked my job and the people, but it was still just that, a job, a means to an end. I wanted to enjoy my favorite activities while I was still young and healthy enough. Traveling, camping, riding, ect. without any restrictions and having the time of my life.

Plan now, your time will come sooner than you think.
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I am 10 years away from retirement but have everything I want in a home. Was in the Navy for 20 years so sailing around on a boat doesnt intrest me much. Hopefully a trip on a motorcycle all the way to the tip of South America "might do it before I retire". Hopefully just stay healthy and watch kids become productive adults. Outdoorguyatv I feel your pain on the "retirement estimator". Had plans on retiring at 55 before the stocks took a dive.
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I hope to retire in four years, at fifty, and play with bikes to make a few bucks to get by. The first thing I plan on doing is riding bikes with my four kids on route 66 and then route 50 back. After that spending time with the grandkids and more bike trips.

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When we retire, (Jan 2016), my wife and I plan to see a Major Leage baseball game in every major league park in the lower 48, in one season, all by motorcycle. Get to see a lot of our country on those rides too!

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I have at least 3 or 4 years left till I pull the trigger on retirement. I will probably just keep riding the USA, and hopefully see some of Canada's treasures or New Zealand (thanks Kiwi).
My major drawback is that my wife is 12 years younger than me and she will have to continue to work. She has put over 100,000 miles on a bike following me everywhere. I don't cherish the thought of leaving her while I ride somewhere. So, unless we hit the Lottery, I will just have to wait till her vacation time comes up and we continue doing what we do now.
How fortunate I am, that she share my passion for motorcycles and travel.

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I'm 68 and retired. What you younger folks should understand is that what you plan on doing after retirement now may not be what you want to do when you're older. Go ahead and plan, but do it in a flexible way so you're not locked in to something you either can't or no longer want to do.

One thing I've seen people do is to sell their home and move to their vacation home in the woods in Northern MI. Typically, they then have to deal with winter living in the snow and ice, and they're miles away from stores and shopping centers. Cabin fever sets in, and they're at each other's throats before winter's over. Some last one winter, some two or three. Very few stick it out.

The wife and I both worked, and we had no kids. We traveled when we were young and vacationed in Europe every year. We have no desire to travel now, and are happy living in town where everything is close by. I have my shop and an extensive library I acquired over the years, and I stay busy.

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I am now 65 and will be 66 in March of '11. I have been "retired" for about 10 years now or rather I should say l disabled. I am an old Army Veteran and one of those left over from the Viet Nam war which is the cause of my disabilities.

That said I'd like to agree with many of the points "ttpete" has addressed and I'll add the following observations of my "retirement"

When you are young you are indestructible (at least in your mind) and there is good reason for that. It gives you ability to tackle things like going to the moon and other advancements in our world that, if left to older folks, would never happen. Bravo for that. I remember those days.

Now, I have a lot of time on my hands that was previously filled with accomplishing missions, taking care of my family, reinventing the wheel, etc. That time is now filled with whatever I choose whether playing on the computer, working in my shop, or taking chances riding like a hooligan on my Versys. That's where the invention of the Versys Center Stand came from, time on my hands.

Also, when you enter into retirement the condition of your health in many instances dictates your retirement activities. I know, you are young and that's too far away to think about but you'd better factor that into your thoughts as distasteful as it is. Some are reduced to simply playing cards with friends or some other mundane activity. You do what you can with what you have.

The point of all this rambling is to simply say that when you retire, do the most you can with what you have. Don't sit around turning your mind and body into some sort of vegetable. Get off your duff and do something.

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ttpete offers some good advice (it's good since I agree with it!). Your interests and preferences change. Just consider your wardrobe or hair style from 2 or 3 decades ago for evidence. The most important thing you can do to prepare for retirement, in my view, is to build a nest egg that allows you to live in a manner which you enjoy. When all that time you used to spend working suddenly becomes "free" time, you need to do something you enjoy and you need the wherewithal to do it.


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