My husband and I usually enjoy being together.
Therefore, I was very excited when he decided he was retiring early at 59 1/2 years of age. Working 41 years at the same place, he was more then ready.
While we do like to be together, we soon realized, maybe not that much time together. LOL!!
There are many things we had never thought about. Consequently, most the time we navigate it fairly well. It’s been two years and were still learning ways to make it better.
It came as a great shock to me, when he acknowledged that he would like to take over all the cooking.
Especially, since he had only cooked a few times in our 24 years of marriage.
Was he trying to tell me something about my cooking?
You know what, I didn’t care. If he wanted to do the cooking, I wasn’t going to stand in his way.
He even announced a couple weeks later, he would do the grocery shopping.
Therefore, you can rest assured I did the HAPPY DANCE!!!! Retiring early was looking good!
No guarantees this will happen to you if your husband retires early, but you never know.
Following are some of the things we have experienced:
1. We are able to have a more relaxed schedule
2. Staying up late or sleeping in, is now a option
3. We get to spend more time with family…GRANDKIDS!!!!
4. The many projects that didn’t make the priority list, are actually now getting done.
5. Cuts down on the gas budget, since he commuted about 40 miles round trip.
1. Navigating our differences-such as how we schedule our day, motivation, communication, etc.
2. Tighter budget
3. Many people think your doing nothing
4. We have to pay our own insurance-No Medicare or insurance plan
5. We have to subsidize(work of some sort) our income or lower our living expenses.-No social security
Words of advice:
- Schedule your fun times, because if you don’t, you will never have them.
- Other people will fill your time with their stuff if you don’t set boundaries.
- Don’t throw the schedule away, just revamp it.
- Downsize-you don’t need or want all that stuff.
- Hold even tighter to your time with God.
- Communicate, talk, share your dreams, hold hands, go for a walk, ENJOY!!
- Furthermore, if you can possibly afford that cruise, dream vacation, whatever, DO IT, and take lots of pictures.
Accomplishing all these things, are easier said then done, but we are working on them. Retiring early has been a blessing, therefore we wouldn’t change it for nothing. We are grateful for today, since we know we are not guaranteed tomorrow.
Finally, why my husband committed to cooking, I really don’t know.
He says he enjoys the responsibility of it all being his kitchen. He does have a huge workshop in the basement, however I’m not complaining.
Therefore, what ever it is, we can live with the positives, and the negatives of retiring early. I’m sure we will find more as we move thru this time of our lives. Remembering the best chapters are yet to be written.(Our Motto)
In conclusion, we feel very blessed.