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July 16, 2009


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I just went through the very same thing.

Backpacking through Italy, bambino, here I come! Just got my reservations confirmed today, emailed my Italian relatives and I will be spending Christmas (Natale) at the Vatican! I plan on spending the next 10+ years backpacking through Europe.


Retired Syd

There must be something in the air, huh? I'm glad to hear you're booked. No regrets for you!

kasey at thriftylittleblog

It's easy to wish that you'd done all of the hard work to learn a skill when you were younger. I often wish that I learned to play piano, but I'm happy that I spent my childhood playing outside! There really isn't anything that you can't just start at now!

Early Retirement Extreme

This is how I live/think. In the future. Your future always become the present. Anyway ... in 10 years, probably closer to 5, I am going to be a black belt. Beyond that, it's very hazy.

Early Retirement Extreme

I meant, Aside from that.

I'm still trying to figure out exactly which of several projects of this early retirement stage that will win in the long run.

Retired Syd

@Kasey: I really like that perspective: instead of wishing that I had practiced harder on the piano, just relishing how much fun it was to be a kid. Very good point! Maybe you're on to something.


About 18 months ago, just after my 58th birthday, I began taking violin lessons. I'd never played any instrument and didn't know how to read music, either, but I'd listened to classical music all my adult life. I had made sure my girls had the opportunity to play music, but it was my turn. Now, my violin teacher is preparing me for an audition for our local community orchestra in another few months, something I hadn't dreamed of doing. Maybe I'll play second violin for that local orchestra or maybe I won't be good enough to do that, but even to audition for an orchestra will be a dream that I never thought of fulfilling.

Retired Syd

@Linda: Wow, that is just great!


Years ago, a client of mine--poor, black, with four kids--was putting herself through college a few credits at a time. Her goal was a law degree, which she expected to have by age 50. She made it even though it took her nearly 15 years. What I remember most is her saying, "No matter what I do, I'm gonna be 50 years old in 15 years. But this lady's gonna be 50 AND a lawyer in 15 years!"

As for myself, I still want to write the Great American Novel.

Retired Syd

@Grace: That reminds me of when my uncle was offered an incredible job in Tokyo for 4 years. He kept telling us, "I don't know, I'm 58 years old, four years in Tokyo, I'm too old, aren't I?"

My cousin asked him how old he would be in 4 years when he got back. He said 62. She said "how old will you be in 4 years if you don't go to Tokyo?" Still 62.

He went, loved it, and stayed 6 years!


Chinese proverb: "The Best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now."

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