Retirement Don’ts

Don’t get fixated on one particular thing.

One of my favorite books is “1,000 Places to Go in the U.S. before you Die”. As the title indicates there is a list of 1,000 places in the U.S. that you can visit. To me retirement years is that time when you can accomplish many of the things you have put off. I strongly believe that being the Jack of all trades in my retirement years is much better than spending all my time to be the master of one thing. So, my advice is as the red letters above say don’t get fixated on one particular thing but instead diversify. I know the investment councelors who seem to always be hovering over us in retirement chant the mantra for our finances but I think the message goes beyond money.

We all have a list of things that we have put off in life. For some of them the opportunity is gone but many of them will continue on our To Do list. Make your own personal list of things you want to do before you die and then proceed to accomplish them. It will make your retirement years very interesting.

One of the main reasons that this topic came up on my personal list is because I was getting very fixated on politics and let it drive much of my time and life. I was convinced that if we could get a person in the White House who had deep compassion for his/her fellow man that it was worth my time. Now I find out that the person in the White House has little effect on the overall mood of the country. Gridlock still dominates our society and it seems that nothing will change this short of some apocalypse. So I probably wasted a couple of my retirement years being so focused one particular thing. I have since greatly throttled back this activity almost to the point of total complacency and my life seems fuller for it.

And the journey goes on….