Inspiration. You never know when it’s going to hit you.  Yes, you can put yourself in a place to be inspired; the mountains, the Grand Canyon, an art museum, or a beach.  Inspiration can also hit you when you are in line at the donut shop like it did me. 

While waiting in line for my coffee and bagel so I can return home while on quarantine, I see the car in front of me with the sticker, “Live a Great Story”.  I thought, what a cool phrase.  I couldn’t get the idea out of my head.  A quick internet search leads me to  Its clothing, stickers, jewelry, and drinkware with their logo.  It boasts, “Apparel and accessories that remind you to be the hero of your story.”  But, I’m not here to sell you their stuff.

My best friend and I have long had the phrase, “It’s all about the stories.”  The stories we tell, stories we hear, or the stories we create with our life experiences. For many people, they have not thought about writing the next chapter of their story; the story that begins when they retire.

I have asked the question so many times, “What does retirement look like for you?”  Does it mean traveling to distant countries, visiting family, driving an RV across this great nation, relaxing after a lifetime of work, what? For many people, they have not put too much thought into it.

We have all heard the phrase, “if you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.”  Having a vision of what retirement looks like before you retire, will help design what it takes (financially and emotionally) to get you there.

If you are a pre-retiree, I would encourage you to spend some time thinking about what your retirement “story” looks like.  If you are retired, I hope that you have stories to share with us all.  I want you all to have a great story, start writing it now.

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