“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it, It just blooms” – Tich Nacht Han
People have asked me how long it took me to run the half marathon last week. I have no idea. I know it was slow, but it was enjoyable. I could think about how fast I was when I was 20 years younger. I could watch people already running toward me, having already made the turn miles ahead of me. I could beat myself up for going slow, but what good would that do? Comparing myself to who I was long ago or to someone else, will not get me anywhere, only the steps will. I can only take the next step from where I am now. I can’t take your step and you can not take mine. We have to run our own race on our own path. The same is true with retirement.
Talked to a lady this week about her retirement. She would like to retire at the end of 2021. She will be 59 years old. I asked what she would like to do in her retirement. She responded, “I just want to read, cook out at home, take a couple walks a day, and watch Netflix. Isn’t that sad?” Absolutely NOT! To each, their own. You see, she grew up in a military family and traveled often. She has been working as a nurse for 37 years and wants to stay off her feet.
Another person I talked to the same day, wanted to drive around the United States, during his retirement. What is heaven for one person, may be hell for another. Everyone is unique and that is ok.
So…. what is your best life? What gives you a sense of peace and fulfillment? Here is a link to a questionnaire that can help identify what may be most meaningful to you. Click here for your Return on Life Index. There may be some areas of your life you are excelling in and others that could use some work. That is ok. The answers could help guide you on how to channel your time and resources to help you live your best life. You may not need to retire to live your best life and you could start today.
On the lighter side, the Myrtle Beach High School tennis team played the second round of the State Playoffs this past Thursday. They played South Aiken. Two years ago, we beat them in a magical win, winning 3 of 4 tie breakers in route to winning the State Championship. I was interim head coach after the passing of the legendary coach, Rivers Cahill.
Sadly, this year it was South Aiken who won 3 of 4 tie breakers. We lost 4 matches to 3. My heart goes out to the seniors on the team, who took their last steps as a high school tennis player. Soon they will take their first steps as a high school graduate. Each will have their own path, their own steps to take.
Hope all is well with you and your family,
Jeremy Finger, CFP®, CIMA®, CRPC®, CPFA
Founder & CEO
Wealth Management Advisor
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