Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Opinion

August 2, 2013

Retirement is around the corner

GLASGOW — This week was noticeably quieter in the newsroom since my coworker, Amanda Loviza Vickery, left to do some traveling.

As I understand it, she and her husband, Dave, plan to travel across the country first, and then move to England to be innkeepers.

My first thought at hearing their plans was, “Wow, to be in your 20s again! To just pick up and go without a care in the world!”

My mind wandered backwards to when I was in my 20s. I was not so carefree. In fact, picking up and taking off never entered my mind. I was focusing on trying to learn how to be a reporter/ photographer, paying off my school loan and funding the upkeep of my first car. All things I know Amanda and Dave dealt with too in the first few years after college.

The difference between them and me is that I’m a homebody. To take off and travel like they are doing for several months, possibly years, is that I would grow too homesick to enjoy it.

That’s probably what it would have been like for me when I was in my 20s.

Now, that I’m in my 40s, however, picking up and taking off sounds pretty cool — tiring, yet cool, and I have to admit I’m a bit jealous. I think I could easily pick up and take off now, although I’m not planning to at the moment.

As retirement grows nearer, and yes, I’m still 16 years away from even remotely giving retirement consideration, traveling across the country, abroad, wherever, sounds pretty good.

I wouldn’t mind loading up in an RV, maybe in one like in the movie “RV,” and hitting the open road, but I would want one that wouldn’t jump out of gear and smash any car parked behind it.

I’m not sure where I’d go first. There are lots of places in the U.S. I haven’t seen yet, and a few I’d love to see again.

I’ve been to Oregon, but wouldn’t mind traveling cross country just to shop at the candy store at Bandon, Ore., again and to travel south to Crescent City, Calif., to watch the seals play in the water at that nifty little campground near the welcome center.

The first time I visited those towns I flew to Coos Bay to visit family who lived there, so I missed everything in between. All I saw were the insides of airports, which is pretty boring.

I know that sounds like I’m already making retirement plans, and although I wasn’t consciously doing so, maybe I should start giving it some thought. I mean I’ve only got 16 years to outline my itinerary, right? Who knows how long it will take to do that? And then, of course, I’ll need to budget accordingly. Hmmm, maybe I need to start making a list.

Wow, to be in your 40s and able to start looking toward retirement.

Gina Kinslow is a staff writer for the Glasgow Daily Times. She can be contacted by e-mail at gkinslow@glasgowdailytimes.com.

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