Retiring or Just Waiting ?
Musings Of An Aussie Housecarer
Retirement Planning: The Dream
So, we lie there and wait for the bedroom door to open and for our wife to come in bearing a breakfast tray of toast, maybe a boiled egg and a jug of hot strong coffee. When the door does open, she comes in wielding a broomstick and shouting.
Retirement Planning: The Reality
That’s how it starts and for some, that’s how it ends, stuck in the waiting room, waiting to be called and gradually giving up all hope of ever finding happiness.
One way or another, we settled into a routine where every day was booked out in our diaries and there was little room for manoeuvre.
Where was the exotic foreign travel, the adventure, the FUN!
Downsizing In Retirement
Traveling In Retirement
Our desire was to find out how other people, in different parts of the world, live their lives. We had never had time to do that. We had visited many of the ‘tourist spots’ of Europe and dragged a caravan around Australia but we had no idea what it would be like to live in a small fishing village, on a Greek island for example.
Like a couple of Mary Poppins we descend on a household, takeover the running of it and care for the dogs, cats and in one case, a few hundred goldfish, for a few weeks. We live life as the locals do. The owners usually introduced us to a few of their friends, in case we need help with anything and in our free time, we get to know the area. After a few weeks of being surrogate parents, the pet’s real ‘parents’ return and off we go to another housesitting appointment or just take a break and go touring for a while.
Reflections Of A Happy Aussie Housecarer
Get out there and do something you always wanted to do.
It’s your last chance, your one and only chance, to enjoy the rewards of everything you worked for.