I guess most people have ideas of where they want their lives to go and for most of our lives that can revolve around work, family etc. However, now when I think 10 years ahead, I will be looking at retirement and I’m thinking about what I’d like that to look like.
They say how quickly time passes as we age and its scary just how true that is. I can’t believe when I joined my employer’s pension scheme I was thinking it would be 25 years until I could retire. It felt like a lifetime. Working with those original calculations I now have 3 years to go.
Since then, the state retirement age in the UK has increased and is now at 67-68 for me, but also to get access to the full company pension I need to work through to 68-70 – so 10 years or so from now. I do know when I get there, I’m going to make the most of my time and the funds will help support my plans.
So to answer the question in the prompt, in 10 years time I hope to be retiring but not from life. I’ll be opening up a new chapter – or maybe I’ll be starting a new book with 4 chapters to start with.
Health & Fitness
Having good health as we age is important. For me, I want to ensure good health and a good level of fitness going into retirement so that I can go off exploring castles and coffee shops throughout the world. Being fit and healthy will also mean I’m better able to manage the CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) so it won’t interfere with my plans. I have 10 years to perfect the secret recipe. This is the first chapter as this area impacts on every thing else.
Curiosities, Castles and Coffee Shops
In 2033 I hope that my blog is still thriving and that I am still blogging. I am looking forward to more free time to dedicate to blogging. My vision is to develop and expand my blog, continuing to cover a range of different topics rather than being confined to a specific niche. By 2033 I may no longer be working as a lecturer, but the fact that I enjoy helping others so much has me wondering if I might develop that side of my blog/website more, maybe offering coaching or some sort of tutoring/advisory service to students.
Given the fact that Curiosities, Castles and Coffee Shops was first established to capture my exploratory journeys it will not come as a surprise that I hope to have the energy (thanks to health and fitness) to go off exploring castles, historic sites and museums everywhere – I have the whole world as my oyster, I’m going to need all that free time to make sure I fit everything in! With all that exploration, I’ll need to make sure I set aside some time to share the stories on the blog.
One unexpected aspect of blogging has been discovering (or maybe rediscovering) my love of writing. In particular, creative writing. This was not something I had considered at all a year ago, or even when I started blogging in August 2022 but I’ve now produced a couple of creative writing posts and this is definitely something to explore further. I’m curious to see what I can do, how far this will take me. This is a chapter which is still being written; its too early to know whether I will develop my storytelling skills, or whether I will write a short story or maybe even a novel. I am looking forward to the time to explore this aspect. This chapter is unknown, full of uncertainties, but its something I am excited about.
No one knows what the future holds for them. Ten years can seem like a long time, but as I sit in 2023 thinking about 2033, I feel excited and because of the chapters I’m planning to write. I’m impatient to get started, but there’s nothing wrong with working on each of the chapters today; it helps me work towards a more established, exciting and hopefully rewarding and fulfilling future.
What about you, what are your plans for the future? Where will you be in 10 years’ time?
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