When my husband and I watch a complicated movie or TV show, sometimes even an uncomplicated one, Doug will hit the pause button to ask me what’s going on. I tell him we’re not supposed to know yet, don’t worry about it. I tell him don’t try so hard to analyze it. Just let it wash over you and you’ll get it in the end.
I’m reading The Big Short right now. It’s a great read and I’m learning a lot. But I often have a hard time keeping the players straight, remembering who’s selling what to whom, and what the difference between a synthetic CDO and a credit default swap is. I’m trying to just let it wash over me. I’m hoping I’ll get in the end.
I’m a jazz lover. My in-laws have recently started to enjoy jazz. At first they were a little put off by all the improvisation. It was hard for them to pick out the melody, and that was frustrating to them. But they took a couple of jazz appreciation classes and in the end, they enjoyed it more.
Doug and I enjoyed a jazz set at one of my favorite New York jazz clubs a few nights ago. I know that to really enjoy jazz, you just have to relax into it and let it wash over you. You shouldn’t try too hard to follow along. Just enjoy the ride, that’s what it is in the end.
And so it is with retirement. If you try too hard to figure out what it’s all about, try too hard to analyze it, try too hard to construct it, you’re just going to get frustrated. Instead, just relax into it. Enjoy the ride. Because that's what it is in the end.