I officially retired on July 1, 2022. It has been one year. As I have been pondering life over the past twelve months and as I look to the future, I offer the following reflections.
While there is no easy formula for figuring out when to retire, one should attempt to retire at the right time—that is, not too early or too late. Over the years, I have told friends that when I retire, I wanted to go out like Jim Brown and not Brett Favre (let the sports fan understand), but know that is not necessarily easy. I never set a hard and fast date to retire, so when I decided to retire a year and a half ago at age 60, it was not planned. I had retired friends warn me about retiring too early suggesting I might be bored with nothing to do. Other have cautioned about retiring too late, not being able to enjoy my later years of traveling and other joys.