I have a dream and goal for myself.........to retire when I hit 56 years old. The idea came to me one day within the past 3 or 4 months. My Dad retired at age 56 - he closed his business, sold the inventory, the land, our family house and moved us all to Florida. I was 12 at the time and I really didn't know my Dad. When I got up in the morning, he was gone to work and he could come home around 5:15 - 5:30 p.m., take a shower and the first time I would really see him would be at the dinner table. By 7:00 p.m. he was asleep on the couch in our family room. My Dad made interior and exterior iron railings. Raw steel would come into his shop, and he would weld, grind, shape, form, paint (several coats) and install them. By himself. Five days a week. To say he was tired at the end of the day was an understatement, which is why I never knew my Dad until he retired & moved us to Florida.
Now at the ripe age of 44 (and my Dad will turn 90 this year), I'm reflecting on my life and reading alot of blogs and re-evaluating my life. Maybe it's a mid-life crisis. Maybe I'm just waking up from the consumerist train. Whatever it is, I want more out of my life than this train ride I'm on.
There are a ton of blogs out there about minimalism, frugality, simple living, early retirement, financial independence, etc. I'm not trying to compete with them or do something different than they are. I'm using this blog as documentation of my journey to get to age 56 and semi-retire, or totally retire, or became an entrepreneur or whatever I decide to do. I do have 11 years, and that's a long time, but I'm curious to see what happens and how I will do it. This blog is keeping me accountable.