I recently got an email update about my benefits from my company's HR department. I was really surprised to discover that I'll be eligible for retirement a lot sooner than I realized. It's still quite a few years away, but it got me thinking.
I can retire at 51, but what would I do w/ myself? This being a car audio forum, I'm sure many of u will tell me to spend my time building and tweaking car audio systems. And I do plan to do some of that, but for me the pleasure is in listening to the system rather than building it.
Another common idea is to travel, but I'm not a big tourist. Plus I'll still have kids in school. I wouldn't want to travel more than 2-3 weeks a year.
Other ideas I had was to move to a 1/2-time position, but those tend to be more entry-level. I don't think I'd like having a boss w/ less knowledge and experience than I have! I also thought about volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, but I don't know how many houses they build in a year around here.