Most of us had retirement dreams, and couldn’t wait to finish work. So once retired, why haven’t we started ticking items off the bucket list? There’s no time like now for living your dreams.
When Tony and Chris retired they had grand plans involving a campervan, Kakadu and a rescue-dog. Their great Australian road-trip was happening the very next year, after they, “just got few things out of the way”.
Things like their daughter’s November wedding, then the kitchen reno in January. Kakadu wasn’t going anywhere; it would wait until July – after Chris’s knee reconstruction.
Eventually, they stopped putting a date on their road-trip. They were going to Kakadu – Someday.
But in this fast-paced world, someday can be elusive.
Nine years later Tony and Chris finally resumed preparations – they even visited a Campervan Show. But then Tony fell and needed hip surgery and reality hit hard: the road-trip was impossible.
Why do we so often put our dreams on hold?
While it’s unwise to spend retirement savings too quickly, delaying our goals may mean never achieving them – after all none of us is getting any younger. It’s important to enjoy life while still fit and healthy enough. If you’re not sure of your finances, speak to your adviser or tax accountant.
The key is to make firm decisions, budget carefully, and stick to your plans.
It's one of the real risks with retirement planning we see all to often - clients delaying their dreams for a later time and end up missing out on fulfilling them. Regret can sadly sometimes be the consequence.
A wise man once said, “Don’t save a good wine for a special occasion. Open it now and make today the special occasion.”
In other words, live the best life you can – now.