Those types of interviews filled my last book. I found those answers and reactions fascinating. So, the idea of doing more of it on this blog is a winner. Soliciting stories and information about lifestyles and how retirement is working opens up endless possibilities and interesting insights. Even those 52 folks who took part in the book project have certainly learned something new or changed their direction since I solicited those opinions a couple of years ago, so they are encouraged to chime in, too.
Here is what I propose: I have listed a few questions below. In the comment section answer one or two of the questions that are most important to you. Your total response may be longer than a typical comment but that is fine. We are all looking for fresh ideas and support. Length isn't nearly as important as simply sharing what this journey looks like from your perspective.
My Questions (pick one or two to answer in the comment section):
1) Has retirement turned out the way you thought it would? Why or why not?
2) What has been your biggest surprise about being retired?
3) Do you worry about your financial situation?
4) What new things have you discovered about yourself?
5) If you had it do over again, would you keep working, retire sooner, or are content with how things worked out?
I am an anxious as anyone to read your answers. This should be a fun and instructive exercise for all of us.
I won't leave comments after each entry like I normally do. But, I will have a followup post or two in a few weeks that tries to draw some general conclusions from the answers left to my questions.