Tuesday, August 7, 2012

An Early Retirement Plan: Not for the Faint of Heart

One of our goals is that hubby retires in 2015 for our Horse Trip Across America and then what ever lays before us there after. Looking at our lives at the moment, many call it insane, many ask how that will be possible without investing and accumulating a million dollars, or even $300,000. Many want to know how exactly do we plan on retiring while we live in such poverty now?

By living life we say.

Right now we live to survive and a day to day basis and live to  fight another day. While I do some things I enjoy and really do not have too many complaints, seeking joy in the breathless moments that flutter through life daily, it is not our dream life of what visions we hold in our heads. This holds true especially for hubby who fees he works, comes home, naps, video games, sleep, work, home, naps, video games, works blah blah blah the cycle of survival where you think there has to be more to life than this.

He is right, I do not believe we as humans were ever designed for the work 60 plus hours a week in order to buy stuff, to buy stuff on credit, to work more and become that wretched slave of consumerism in an industrial age where everything runs at super sonic speeds and stuff equates to many as your status and self worth. We were not designed for the stress and clutter in our lives this certain era has brought down on us. We were not designed to never have a moment to still our minds, reflect and contemplate and work so much and at such high speeds that we miss all the beauty and miracles that surround everyone all the time.

Our plan is simple, these 4 years we have we work hard to improve our lot in life, to earn more income to build up perhaps a small accumulation of savings and live on a comfortable small budget and plan for when our 4 years are up.

At the end of the 4 years we gather our supplies and horses, take our trip across America just to do something completely crazy, yet miraculously adventurous, perhaps spreading a message and then disappearing off into the wilderness somewhere to live a  moneyless life of work and leisure and being present in the moment. To live life on our terms.

There are several ways in which this can be done and we are researching all of them to see how we plan to accomplish this.

I do not worry for my whole life I have honed my wilderness survival skills, always learning, always improving and have taught hubby many things along the way where he has grown immensely in this area.

It really is a simple plan, at least for this tough old country gal!