@shawbridge - interesting - thanks for sharing. I’ve been thinking the same for a number of years (as I’ve watched people retire). Definitely want meaning/purpose & community - and I guess structure would be important too. Plus, of course, enough money to make ‘worrying about money’ (and healthcare!) not a major issue.
Only a few ‘hard no’s’ - #1 no would be retirement type communities where it’s all about fun and games and everyone’s about the same age. No judgment on anyone who enjoys that (and I know many who do!). I just love mixed ages and seeing young couples just starting out.
My job is already an incredible opportunity to (in my view) contribute to ‘making the world better’ and I’m grateful for it every day. I just really want to think about envisioning the next stage as something different - even if it means keeping the job for a while and retrofitting life! (e.g., selling suburban house, minimizing, trying out extended (low-cost) trips in different locals (while working remotely?), starting a part-time biz to carry through retirement…?).
This thread has been so great to hear people’s different ideas!