I’ve usually been pretty open with my goals and finances with friends and family, so they know that I plan to retire early by saving and investing my money instead of going out and enjoy the pleasures of eating out, drinking, and clubbing (unless it’s free, of course).
Most of the time, they would ask, “Aren’t you going to be bored with all that free time?”, “What are you going to do for the next 30, 50, or even 70 years?”, or maybe even “How are you going to support your family?”.
My response back to them is usually, “I’ve got an idea” or “Everything will work out”. But really, life is unpredictable and it’s always better to have somewhat of a plan, so I can just adjust according to my situation.
So in the end, this post (yes, the very one you will be reading) will be more of a plan of what I plan to do (seven things in fact!) with all the glorious time in the world once I break free from the shackles of work and stop worrying about money.
So, what are you going to do with all that free time?
Play Video Games
I’m a PC Gamer and I really like to play games. I’ve been playing from when I was a little kid at the age of 5 all the way to right now in my mid-twenties.
I’m not as hardcore as I was back then… spending hours upon hours just grinding for levels and items on Diablo or MapleStory because I had no responsibilities to barely playing a few minutes to one hour of Pokemon Go a day to reap those daily rewards.
Luckily, during my gaming days, I’ve acquired quite a few games through the Steam Summer Sales and Humble Bundle Deals, so one of my goals when I retire is to just play through them, be immersed in the story the game developers created and want to show, and relive a part of that grinding experience I had as a kid.
Of course, gaming will take a backseat towards my responsibilities to my family, but with “all the free time” I gain from retiring early, I’ll be able to finish and conquer most, if not all, of the games I have in my collection.
Explore and Travel The World
Traveling is one of those experiences that everyone wants to have, but can’t afford.
Luckily, through my job and churning hobby, I’ve been racking up miles and points faster than someone playing Sonic and collecting all of the rings on a speed run.
With these points and miles, I’ll be able to travel at a low cost and explore places that I’ve never been. I’ll be able to explore new environments, experience different cultures, capture regional and exclusive Pokemon (with Pokemon Go, of course), and enjoy the local cuisine.
The only difference between travelling now and travelling when I’m retired, is that I can take it at a much slower place because there are always things that you’ll miss when you strapped for time. Two weeks in Japan (or anywhere else) just isn’t enough, I’d rather try and stay for a year.
Pick Up Photography
The best way to document your travels and adventures are through pictures and videos.
How do people know where you’ve actually been if you don’t have the proof and evidence to show for it?
Well, actually, that’s not the purpose I want to pick up photography… it’s more to capture the moment I was in and the beauty of scenery that my eyes took in.
I also already have a camera and a tripod, so why not try and get good at it and start publishing some more content to my Instagram, am I right?
Volunteer My Time
The best thing about time is when you have more of it, you can do a lot more things
And one of the things I would like to do is to volunteer some of it to help others… whether it is by helping out at a Habitat for Humanity, at a local Animal Shelter, or even at the public library.
Either way, by volunteering my time out, I hope to help out those in need. And even if I can’t contribute as big of a contribution as Mr. Money Mustache did, as least I’m taking part in helping out the world improve… even if it’s a small and slow moving part.
Code and Develop Up A Side Business
Currently, I’m a Software Engineering Consultant and most of the time I spend at work is looking at and debugging code.
One of my plans is to develop a side business (hopefully passive) where I can continue to create and build applications that I am interested in (particularly in automating and helping people organize or simplify their daily workflows).
Plus, if my side business takes off and starts generating income, that would be awesome too and then I can donate a portion of the profits to charity.
Learn Some New Languages
To assist with my adventures and travelling nonsense, I would like to learn the languages the locals speak when I visit (wherever it may be).
I would also learn and try to master the languages I currently speak to gain a more profound understanding my culture as my parents were both immigrants to the United States.
Of course, I can’t learn every language in the world, but with the more I know, I can open up more opportunities for myself, establish cross-cultural friendships, be safe and smart in touristy areas, and even enjoy finding out the satisfaction of accomplishing such a task.
Work Out and Be Healthy
In order to make the most of my time, the most important thing I have to do is to keep myself healthy.
The best way for my to do that is by working out at the gym and watching what I eat. This way, I can have a decently looking body and live a healthy life that is free from diseases (hopefully).
Currently, I’ve been going to to gym as much as I can and alternating between lifting weights and bicycling for one or two hours for cardio.
Is that it?
Of course not.
I’m sure I’ll pick up and learn more things as I grow older and wiser. My interests will change and I’ll do very different things than when I was 20. And just like my interests, my plans will also change and adapt to who I am as a person and also to the person I will become.
As an ending statement, I believe plans aren’t everything and shouldn’t be set in stone. They should be guidelines in what you want to do to excite yourself, build your character, broaden your horizons, and open up new opportunities for yourself in ways you’ve never imagined.
With that, those are the 7 things I would do with my time if I were to retire right now. How about you? What would you do?