Retirement should mean life without complications. Things should flow smoothly along day by day. I relax on my fishing boat in Anguilla and enjoy what comes my way—hopefully a big fish for dinner. I thought long and hard before I quit working as I was worried about filling the hours. It turned out to be an unnecessary worry. If I am not sitting on board smoking a cigar looking at the water, I am talking with other boat owners about our latest adventures. We seem to have plenty of them. I meet new people; I frequent the local eateries and bars; I catnap when I feel the need. Life is good.
I live in a condo which takes a lot of the burden off me to take care of upkeep and maintenance. For example, one day my ceiling fan just stopped working for some reason and I put in a quick call to the landlord after he sent me a link to choose a new one from https://www.ceilingfanchoice.com/. I didn’t have to lift a retired finger to try to figure out what went wrong and fix it. Let Jim take care of it as always. He comes over with his handy toolbox and impresses me with how fast he can repair or replace almost anything. One time it is the garbage disposal and another the stove isn’t calibrated. Maybe it is the washer or dryer or occasionally the light by the front door. Score another one for retirement. It is the good life when you can do what you want and avoid all the hassles.
Retirement means sailing on quiet seas under a blue sky with occasional white clouds. It is stocking up on your favorite beer and loading your boat fridge. It is wining and dining any lady on the island and enjoying the fine local fare. It is taking walks at night in balmy weather and not a care in the world. If you are worried about being bored, forget it right now. You make your own fun. There are always people around to help you. You can take a trip anywhere in the world if you have saved up properly for your golden years, and don’t wait too long. You don’t want to be too old to roam the globe. I am content to roam Anguilla most of the time. I have had my share of world travels. Now is the time to savor the pleasures of island life. Sitting on a white sandy beach watching the waves roll in is my idea of heaven. Plus, there are tons of tourists to watch trying to master the new sport of surfing. They usually aren’t very successful, and their mishaps give me hours of amusement.
I have a final message in today’s blog. Plan your retirement so you can mark the days and look forward to a new kind of excitement. Life has challenges in any period of time and living on an island fills the bill for me.