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Old 03-27-2016, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Salem,Oregon
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I have just over 1 year to go but thinking about this a lot for awhile now and my requirements are fairly simple:

As mentioned by an earlier poster - freedom from others' expectations
good health - staying mobile
a garden
bird feeders and birds
a safe place to live for the cats and me
time- time to sit on the patio with a cup of coffee and watch the sun rise and the birds;make bread, yogurt
public transportation so I can go car free if I choose
a couple good friends
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Old 03-27-2016, 04:14 PM
 
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Money = safe place to live

my cats

proximity to a hospital and vet clinic

a nice, private yard or patio where i can chill with nature and maybe a glass of wine

that's it. I don't need to be entertained.
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Old 03-27-2016, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Seattle/Dahlonega
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Freedom, Freedom, Freedom.

Freedom to do what I want.
Freedom to say what I want.
Freedom to live how I want.

When I was a kid I was taught to be the person that my mother and my teachers told me to be. When I was an adult, I had to act a certain way and say things in a certain way to be acceptable to my bosses, friends, and business partners.

For the first time in my life I have earned the right to be my own person.
This
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Old 03-27-2016, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Comfort matters to me now. I want comfortable shoes--and to be able to afford good ones!--and comfortable chairs, and comfortable friends. (And a comfortable bed.)

I want to be geographically close to family members.

I want a pleasant home that I can decorate to please both of us.

I do want to travel, but not necessarily on really long trips.

I want years together with DH.

I want to see my grandchildren grow to be adults.

I want to be just busy enough.

I also agree about driving. I'd hate to not be able to do it, but if I live long enough that day may come.
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Old 03-27-2016, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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1. Plenty of theaters, museums, concerts, and galleries nearby to enjoy.

2. A large, vibrant university nearby, so I can attend lectures, exhibitions, classes, and so on.

3. A good library system.

4. Good public transit so I need never drive.

5. Good physical health, the sine qua non of enjoying all the above.

Luckily I enjoy all of these now, to the extent that I can before I'm retired. Most of these things, with the exception of theater, are free or low cost. Summertime here is a joy because it features two separate companies performing Shakespeare plays in numerous parks for free.

What I lack is time to make the most of all these opportunities because I must work. My profession is demanding and it tires me out, so it uses up a lot of my energy as well as time. Free time in retirement will be the greatest luxury of all.
When I was writing the original post, I just knew that I would think of something I left out, or that someone would remind me of what I left out. Yes, indeed, a good library system. I think I left it out because I've always had that and consequently I take it for granted and don't think about it. I've always read a lot, whether working or retired, and there is more time for it when retired. It's something that "really matters" to me in retirement, just as it has always realled mattered to me but that I had no reason to think about.
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Old 03-27-2016, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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This is interesting! We are strongly considering Florida; where are you located and why is it a mess?

I wanted Florida so I could have a sailboat and go scuba diving. My wife hates humidity and bugs, so we wound up in Arizona. I hate heat, so we moved back to Alaska and kept the Arizona house for winters. Now we'll have beautiful summers and warm winters.
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Old 03-27-2016, 05:18 PM
 
Location: delaware
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Good health, good stretches of time to spend with sig. other, good libraries nearby ,some stimulating groups -organized and informal , some interesting classes for adults to participate in as well as have an opportunity to teach, temperate climate, cats-now and in the future, good veterinary care nearby, better than average medical care nearby, occasional short trips...and the list goes on.


I have to say I have most of these now and wish for them to continue. sometimes it's good to make a list just to see what you do have in your life of what you feel is important.
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Old 03-27-2016, 05:24 PM
 
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Good health is at the top of the list.


After that, my fortune cookie from this evening explains the rest:
"Life is either an adventure or nothing."
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Old 03-27-2016, 05:45 PM
 
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Good health is at the top of the list.


After that, my fortune cookie from this evening explains the rest:
"Life is either an adventure or nothing."
"Adventure Before Dementia"
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Old 03-27-2016, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Freedom, Freedom, Freedom.

Freedom to do what I want.
Freedom to say what I want.
Freedom to live how I want.

When I was a kid I was taught to be the person that my mother and my teachers told me to be. When I was an adult, I had to act a certain way and say things in a certain way to be acceptable to my bosses, friends, and business partners.

For the first time in my life I have earned the right to be my own person.
Nice generalities, but I would be interested to know what you are talking about if you would care to share. Can you give an example or two of things you now have the "freedom to do"? Ditto with an example or two of things you want to say and now have the freedom to say? Ditto with an example or two of living how you want to live which was impossible before?

Don't wish to go beyond your original statement? That is fine, of course, and I respect that, but I am curious.
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