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“Middle-Age” – the A to Z Challenge

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What is it that makes generally responsible, conservative (in a Liberal sort of way) people sell off, give away, move aboard and go?

Simple: Fear of Death.

Shortest blog post in history, right? But in fact, I don’t think there’s much more to it than that.  The fear of dying – or at the least a sense of one’s mortality – becomes an almost tangible thing for many of us somewhere in what’s euphemistically called “middle age”. (Middle of what? And how do you know?)
Anyway, we look back at our lives and what we’ve accomplished & experienced so far, and then we look ahead, and are forced to admit that we just don’t know how long the road is. The people we grew up with have begun to thin, and folks we thought would live forever are gone from us, moved on to that next, ultimate adventure.

Except Keith Richards.  He actually WILL live forever.

For me it happened near my 53rd birthday, when I realized that restoring a boat (that’s a link to my prior blog about it) was quite likely going to take all the “good” years I had left. Clearly if I wanted to take my sweetie cruising, I needed to fast-track the plan.

So we did something totally radical and (to some) irresponsible and crazy. Gave away the project boat and all those hours of labor. Sold our real estate. Borrowed money from our unimpressive retirement accounts and gave up our lease.  And we bought a boat. Financed part of it too.

Because life is short, and your best years are NOW, not later-someday-After-The Kids-Are-Grown-when I retire…

Right. Now.

CallingInGone

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Author: s/v sionna

Living the dream in 32'. We left Maine on August 18th, 2016, and have gradually worked our way south until we felt warm enough. We've paused in Boot Key Harbor, and are now exploring the Keys until we leave the boat and return to Maine for a summer of employment. Follow our blog here, and follow our progress in map form by joining www.Farkwar.com!

7 thoughts on ““Middle-Age” – the A to Z Challenge

  1. Life is short. I get reminded of this often when I see people in their 50s have health issues and/or working away in jobs they don’t really enjoy just waiting until they retire. We decided not to wait. Might be foolish from a financial perspective for us, but life is too short not to have fun.

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    • Financial-Schminancial! You can count your money when you’re dead – and see how much joy it brings you! 😉
      Glad there are other crazy people out there besides us! Welcome to the club.

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  2. “Except Keith Richards.” You got that right! Cheers, Stephanie

    http://www.svcambria.com/2016/04/m-is-for-money-saving-tips.html

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  3. Funny, I was just thinking about this this morning. We had the opportunity to retire in our late 40s, with great health care and about $1500/month for life; or work another 7 years and get *triple* that. We decided to hang on. I, in the end we were glad we did it that way — though there were several times during those seven years where we questioned our choice!

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    • Well that sounds good in the long run. We – for good or ill – never had that quandary as our retirement plans are both written in the smoke of “shareholder value”.

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  4. I think you both made a brave and adventurous choice. Go out and enjoy life while you can 🙂

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