Every time I look down on this timeless town
Whether blue or gray be her skies.
Whether loud be her cheers or soft be her tears,
More and more do I realize:
I love Paris in the springtime.
I love Paris in the fall.
I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles,
I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles.
I love Paris every moment,
Every moment of the year.
I love Paris, why, oh why do I love Paris?
Because I can eat butter there!
I had a plan for the past 10 years: Retire to Paris.
“Go there first.” My mother said.
So I did and I loved it even more than I thought I would. Yes, a lot of that had to do with the company because I went with Emily. We travel well together. I loved the food, the history, the shopping, and the way I could easily pretend to be a rich white lady. Also you need for the later is a good purse, a great pair of boots, and a wonderful coat.
I came home and started making my plan. Every goal I set for my life was designed around one idea: get me to Paris when I retire. I needed to learn french… eventually. I needed to plan around how much money I would need to buy a tiny apartment. I needed to think of things to do to keep me engaged and, maybe, bringing in money. I had to get in shape so I could walk around the city and eat what I wanted. I mean, damn it, I could eat butter without fear!
Then I went to the UK and loved Oxford. Bonus for Oxford: it was close to Paris and I didn’t need to learn another language. Now the goal was the option to go to either. Yet now, if I really want this writer’s retreat, I have to decide if retiring to Europe is really what I want. Yes, I want to retire to a place I enjoy. Yes, I want to spend more time in Europe.
Unlike the PhD goal, I can’t cross this one off the list. There are too many bigger questions that I can’t answer yet. I am not sure if I will ever be able to retire. I am not sure the money will be there given the constant changes to the US economy and my expected career changes. I have to see how well I do as a published author. There are so many elements that can impact this goal.
For now I am still working to this one. Next time I need to re-assess, this will be the first on the list to consider. For now, I still have a number of things to consider moving forward. Next, writing goals!
What about you? What are your retirement goals?