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19 Jan 2015
If you are near retirement, you undoubtedly can say, “Life doesn’t always go according to plan.” When I was young, I thought it did. Now I know that the rule is it doesn’t, and the rare exception is when it does go according to plan.
When I was in high school, I thought life would work out according to plan. At that time, my buddies and I planned to graduate from high school and drive around the country in a van. It never happened, but life did, including college, and work and making money to survive, and marriage, and children, and all the challenges that come along, plus an awful lot of unplanned “stuff.”
So life did not go according to plan. There were unexpected events, deaths, losses, financial setbacks, and somewhere along the way I lost most of my hair. Hmm. Life did not go according to plan. But then it rarely does for anyone. I’ve asked hundreds of retirees moving to the Sequim area, and 100% of them said that their lives did not go according to plan.
But when retirees move to Sequim and settle down in their new homes and make new friends and engage in their hobbies or passions or whatever it is they love to do, life does go according to plan, at least for a while during these wonderful years of retirement. Granted, we all retire with some scars from life, and our bodies are getting older, but if there was ever a place to live happy forever after, I swear it is Sequim, Washington. I sometimes like to use the cliche, “Another day in Paradise.” My earlier life may not have gone according to plan, but living in Sequim at this phase in my life is going according to plan, and as Martha Stewart liked to say, “And that’s a good thing.”
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