Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
 
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (20) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next
Author: readyteddy Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 19221  
Subject: Re: 5 best and 5 worst things you did. Date: 5/13/2005 9:52 AM
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll . Report this Post | Recommend it!
Recommendations: 2
I probably missed the most important thing, which was to retire early, at 55.

I am in training right now for a trip to Yellowstone next month. My wife and I are going hiking with the rangers, out into the park to see the wildlife. My training hikes are 4-8 miles and I am carrying progerssively heavier packs and looking for gradually more difficult terrain.

When I was a kid, I was in the infantry. I know hiking. But I can tell, at 58, my knees are getting progressively weaker and more sore. Had an offer the other day to play on a softball team and I said no thanks. I was playing once a week only ten years ago.

I have no doubt that there will be stuff I could do today that I will be less able to do at 59 1/2, even less able to do at 62, and arguably unable to do at all at 65. That's the trade offs you start making by working another year....

It's not worth it to me. I can work at a desk when I am 80 if I have to. What I won't be able to do when I am 80 is hike out and see the bears or walk the canal in Paris from St. Martin to the Parc de la Vallette, just for the hell of it.

You only go around once and you are going to be dead a long time.
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll . Report this Post | Recommend it!
Print the post  
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (20) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next

Announcements

Post of the Day:
Value Hounds

Medallion Financial: TAXI!
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Community Home
Speak Your Mind, Start Your Blog, Rate Your Stocks

Community Team Fools - who are those TMF's?
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and "#1 Media Company to Work For" (BusinessInsider 2011)! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.
Advertisement