While I was still working, I looked forward to being retired...
My head would swim with ideas:
Cruises! Vacations to places we have been and loved; or never been and wanted to visit! Trips to visit our family - and friends!
Spending more time with our grandkids - our kids as well; whether just to "hang out" and enjoy being together, playing card and board games, watching games (ball games, of course!), or just watching the kids play. Or, taking those vacations and trips with the grandkids.
Even spending more time with my friends, scrapbooking; meeting for lunch or dinner or just a drink; and more scrapbooking and crafting.
And there are always those days to stay home and do what I want; even if that means sitting around in my pj's all day, watching TV, reading, writing or whatever!
Well, getting sick and being let go from work and being in the hospital and no benefits and no savings...all of those incidents put a damper on any of what I had envisioned retirement to be!
Instead of working longer to grow the 401(k) or savings, or make other plans, I retired on disability earlier than expected. At least I have a "steady income", though social security benefits don't exactly go very far for us!
But, I'm not complaining about my life! I am embracing what I have; and what I have is the time and flexibility to do all of those things I wanted to do in the first place!
With a little planning, and doing what I am able to do instead of those things so far out of our budget...yes, I can have that retirement!
I have embraced the life I have now; and enjoy every minute of it! I realize all that happened over the past few years has been bringing me to where I am today!
And, that "place" is right where God needs me to be...whether to help my daughters with their kids; or doing what I want to do; or being available for my husband with whatever happens in the future...I am where I need to be.
And, I am embracing where that is and what it looks like for me and my family.