3. Where are your friends?
If you have worked 80 hours a week throughout your career, or financial independence, early retirement (FIRE) movement, this question may be disturbing. The former is because I don’t have any (real) friends. The latter because he’ll be retiring 20 years earlier than his friends, leaving no one to play golf with or travel with. We spend more time with work colleagues than with family. Those people probably won’t be retiring at the same time as you. It’s hard to lose those relationships and, more importantly, to get them back.
Start thinking about this at least five years before early retirement, if possible. You might want to start developing a community or social circle around your activity. Explore your interests and you’ll find like-minded people in similar situations.
For example, if you take a class about Ireland, Lifelong Learning InstituteIt’s very likely that you’ll find other retirees or people nearing retirement who are similarly interested in travel. This also helps with her first two issues discussed in this article.
I often describe my work as a 40-year journey in a locked house. After 40 years, exchange all money for keys. It’s snowing outside and I hate being cold. We hope this article has helped you figure out the weather before you walk through your front door.