Enough about me!

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It’s time to listen.

I’ve been focused on my ideal retirement. I’s natural to focus close to home on something that you think about every day. But the problem is that you aren’t me. I may think that I can understand what is important to you because we are both human beings. I may extrapolate and generalize my conclusions about human nature and think that I get it; but ,bottom line, people are different- even weirdly different. I say this thinking that if you are really very different from me then it makes you weird. From your perspective, however,I’m the weirdo.  There aren’t any winners.  So today let’s just cool it.

Today, I’m going to shut up. I’m not going to tell you what to do. I’m not even going to tell you what I do. I’m not going to share my hope and dreams again because you’ve already heard them. They are what they are and you will decide what relevance they may have for your life. I’m on my suicide roller coaster. No need for you to jump aboard. You should build your own.

Speak up!

What I’d like to know today is what is your life mission. How do you want to be spending your time and what would you like to hear people say about you when they are driving home from your funeral. I think that is the essence of retirement lifestyle design- enjoyment and impact. It’s all personal. And it’s not one size fits all – or is it?  I’m no expert.  You tell me.


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  • Bill Murney July 11, 2011, 7:07 am

    Yes Ralph, we are all different, a good thing too.

    As for my epitaph, well if people said “He was good family man, a man’s man who enjoyed himself, liked a laugh and could laugh at himself” then that would do me.

    They might also add “it was rumoured he liked a drink”.

    A-U-L, UK
    Bill Murney’s last Blog Post ..How Do You Tell The Difference Between A British Police Officer….

    • Ralph July 11, 2011, 8:23 am

      So far, we’re not so different. I think there must be more.

  • hansi July 12, 2011, 4:24 am

    Wow…pretty heavy stuff. Not sure i want to go on that suicide roller coaster just yet. I think on my grave stone Ill leave a sharpie pen and enough room for my readers to leave a comment….just like on my blog 🙂
    hansi’s last Blog Post ..7-10-11

    • Ralph July 12, 2011, 5:16 am

      Grafittistone. I like it.

  • Steve Skinner July 16, 2011, 6:25 pm

    Hopefully they might comment that in retirement he was a much more caring person than when he was working for a living!
    Steve Skinner’s last Blog Post ..One Big Hunk of Metal

    • Ralph July 17, 2011, 7:17 am

      That’s one that I’d like to be able to claim too.

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