/ Retirement Planning - Lessons Learned #21
- May 27, 2017
- East Texas
- Case, Kubota, John Deere
First of all, be flexible in your plans. We planned ahead and I had a goal of retiring at 66. Well, when some of my co-workers started dying on the job I re-evaluated my plans and my wife and I looked at our finances and decided that if we were careful I could retire at 57. She was going to retire 2 years later, but got laid off shortly after I retired so she retired also. Our original plan was to travel within the US and to find a small farm where we could grow fruits & vegatables and settle in for the rest of our lives. But, it didn't happen that way. We travelled some and ended up moving closer to my mom & brother which turned out to be a mistake so we moved again. We've traveled to a dozen foreign countries, done overseas missionary work, did an African safari and I say this only to emphasize my first sentence. Have a plan, but be flexible. The place we have now we can grow stuff, we can travel if we want, the neighbors are great and until COVID we got together with them regularly, so we've done far more than we ever expected to.