Why I Reverse Retired In My 30s

Friday, March 31, 2017 0 Comments A+ a-

Years ago, when I was a graphic designer with a 9-5 and a 1 hour commute, I remember long discussions with my husband how much retirement sucks. Well, not the retirement part itself, but the age at which we do it. Wouldn't it be nice if we could retire first, while we were still healthy... travel, have fun, all that great stuff in our 20s, 30s & 40s, and then work once we get older? Oh, to dream.

Well, fast forward to a few months back. My dad recently retired from being a pharmacist, and was living it up in retirement. Sitting at home watching television all day? Not him! He's hanging out with his friends, running, kayaking, hiking, brunches, bars, traveling... living the dream. And, seeing him retire made me remember how I had once dreamed of retiring first, working later. And then, it hit me.

As a stay-at-home mom with a working husband, my life often felt like I had retired. I'm not on anyone else's clock but my own. I have freedom to to anything I want (as long as it's baby-friendly) during my days. Sure, I have three kids. But, that still didn't change my mindset. I'm 37 years, and holy shit, I've somehow managed to live my old dream and retire first.

Ever since coming to this realization, I have treated life differently. Being a stay-at-home-mom often seems less than glamorous. Being retired? That's the shit. Sure, there's still the daily chores that need to be done... cooking, cleaning, etc., but those will always be there. And, who needs grandkids when I have my actual children?

And, then there's the other part about my reverse retirement. When I'm done, I'll be the one working, and my husband will get to enjoy retirement. To be honest, I'm pretty stoked about that too. I have a lot of ideas circling around in my head of what I'd like to do. Right now, being a social media specialist is at the top of my list.

I used to think that by not having a career I was sacrificing future career opportunities. Now I know that isn't the case. While I stopped working, I never stopped learning. Every Facebook post, every Instagram pic, every Snapchat story, I'm learning about social media. How do I gain an audience genuinely interested in my content? I study the science of shares vs likes vs comments, and, that's not something you can learn in college. That's something you learn by doing, so I am.

What's something you've always dreamed of doing but haven't? Leave a comment below. As always, I read and respond to each and every one.

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