Do What Makes You Happy

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Do What Makes You Happy

Wanted to Create a Fish Business

John was a gentle man that I met while working at a local hospital as a maintenance person. John had some walking difficulties but helped in the cleaning department where I worked. We sometimes shared lunch on the roof. He often spoke of having a fishing business where he could fish for his own use, rent boats and live close by. He was a dreamer like we all are. But he was different then most of us. he was totally committed to having this retirement climate he often spoke off. John retired from the hospital two months before I left for a new job. I never imagined I would ever see him again.

Made His Dream Come True

Ten years later while visiting a neighboring Elks Lodge I ran into John who was an Elk member like I was. At first it was just small talk then he mentioned he was slowly making his dreams come true. He said that five years ago he purchased a small cottage on a medium lake and was currently fixing up the cottage and soon would be renting out rowboats for people to fish from. The lake was a good source for catching bass and other eatable fish. He told me where he was located and I rent a boat from him numerous times the next summer. The lake was super for fly-fishing and I enjoyed our conversation together fishing and some Bud Light. He truly made his dreams come true.

Passed Away Doing His Dream

A few years later after moving to a new state I received a call from a brother Elk and learned John had passed away doing what he always wanted to do, he died while fishing. What a way to go, doing the thing you like the most to do. A brother Elk of mine purchased his home and business. I hope he’s having as much fun as John did.

Don't Wait Do

Retirement should be a time of doing things that bring joy to your life and not just a time for waiting to die. I miss my early years but like the joy of being free to do what I want. Currently I find writing my joy and hope it continues for as long as it works for me.

Happines Should Be Your Goal

Forget about getting old and just make good plans that involve being happy at what you’re doing. Life should be happy till the last breath leaves your body. That’s how I feel and I’m sticking to it.

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Pay Everything Off

photo by Casey Serin

Pay Everything Off

Start With a Clean Slate

Starting a new life as a retired person is a more rewarding event if all your debts are paid off. You can accomplish this in many ways.

Sold His House

A co-worker of mine sold his house and used the profits from the sale to satisfy all his debts. This included paying off his car balance, all credit cards and a credit union loan he took out four years ago to help his daughter with tuition costs for going to college.

Purchased a Fixer Upper

At this point he had a positive cash balance of forty thousand dollars, when he invested in an old house he planned on repairing and the reselling for a nice profit.

Rented a Studio Apt.

Then he found a rental facility in the town where his daughter was going to school. It was a studio apartment that only cost him a modest rent which include all utilities.

Found a Companion

The last time I say him at a social event he said things couldn’t be better. He was living the life of a retired person with two pensions and social security. He said he’s met a nice lady and they shared time together and each wished to remain in there own dwellings. He and I smiled and parted shaking hands. Boy did he have this retirement stuff figured out.

Moved into Government Housing

Mary a former neighbor has retired and moved into a senior facility, which is being sponsored by the government thru HUD. She pays thirty percent of her income for rent and receives help paying her utility bills. She occupies a duplex with one bedroom, which has a walkout patio area. The complex is new and nicely taken care of. It is also located in a small town with no crime problems. She too is doing well in her retirement. She also said she paid off all her debts and has a small nest egg for future plans to travel around the United States. Sounds like a good well thought out plan.

Time to Be Happy

Retirement is a time to do all those things you wanted to do when you had to work. Now with good planning and no debt things like this are very much in the realm of coming true.

Paying off your debts is a great way to start your second life. That’s how I feel and I’m sticking to it.

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Experiment Before Retirement

photo by Nadya Peek

Experiment Before Retirement

Take Your New Thoughts for a Spin

Most people when they move into the second phase of their life have plans on paper or in their head on what they want to do and they know it will be a good thing for them. Nothing of course could be further from the truth. We never know how were going to react to something till we do it, that's when we find out whether we like it or if it’s going to work like we thought it would.

Don't Just Think Know

I have had the pleasure, joy and opportunity to talk to many retired persons and have discovered that what they thought was going to be good for them or etc, turned out to be nothing like they thought it would. My survey on this subject probable covered over fifty people over a number of years. But I did discover what I think to be a truism and that is that if you try something before you retire and give it a good run for the money you will discover what you like and don’t like. And you almost always didn’t have a real clue about the job or business you were going into.

She Took a Job to Learn

Almost to a person success was achieved because the retired person learned the job one hundred percent before they retired and knew exactly how it worked and the true reality of the job or business. One lady I interviewed had this incredible ability to create purses and sold them from her home and her advertising was just her happy customers who kept coming back to her. She wanted to open a store of her own and sell more of her goods. But she was smart and got hired at a store that sold products and sold things she already makes. During her six months there she learned everything she needed to know and then decided to retire and open her own place. She told her employer of her plans and the owner offered her a partnership and put up the money to get the business started. The last time I heard of her, she was now over seeing three locations and having the time of her life.

It Wasn't Luck it Was a Plan

Yes that would appear on the surface to be more luck then anything else, but nothing could be further from the truth. She knew what she wanted to do and knew how to make the products that people liked and then she knew she had to learn the business first hand and she did that by working for someone else till she knew everything she needed to know. Then she told her boss that she would be leaving and then this business offer was made to her. It wasn’t luck it was a plan and she worked at it till it worked.

Know by Doing & Then Do Your Dream

Take it from one who knows, don’t move a muscle till you know everything you need to know and then get some experience and then leap into life and life will make a place for you. That’s how I feel and I’m sticking to it.

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