Re-Assessing Life Goals: Retirement

I love Paris!
I love Paris!

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.

Re-Assessing My Life Goals
Re-Assessing My Life Goals

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?

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