This is a guest post by Dave, who is also looking to retire no later than 45, but unlike Tim has no kids and doesn’t want any. Dave is from Ontario and is working towards his CGA certification.

This winter (in Ontario) just isn’t ending. I could go on and on about my distaste for the cold weather and how I would prefer to live someplace warm, but I think everyone would like Spring to really come….I am currently counting down until the day I am able start golfing (and swearing) at the area golf courses. In addition, my wife and I are looking ahead to summer vacations and the warmer weather – when we may not get hypothermia. One trip that I am looking forward to is a canoe trip in Algonquin with my brother.

The canoe trip is not really something that my wife enjoys at all. She doesn’t really like being cold, or exhausted from hiking and paddling, and she has nightmares some days about the bathroom facilities (or the lack of them) in the wilderness. She seemed happy that I would be going without her on this trip.

I like camping, especially back-country camping. I would not classify myself as self-reliant at all, but I am able to hold my own – provided there has been enough preparation done. One of my first camping trips involved a bunch of booze, not enough food and a lack of preparedness for the elements (it snowed, and I was ready for summer weather….not a good mix). One of the main things that I look forward to is the dead quiet in the bush in the mornings.

I am an early riser when I have to sleep on the ground, and am usually one of the first awake. I really enjoy quietly sitting and experiencing the calm in the mornings – It’s just so different than my normal day. At work, my days are filled with meetings, phone calls and discussions – it just never gets quiet, and I don’t really have a choice in who I talk to.

One of the main things I’m looking forward to once I retire is the ability to have control over my own time and be able to better choose the amount of time (to a certain extent) I have to spend with people. I really like the quiet, the “Radio Silence” of getting away from everyone and look forward to being able to enjoy it on a more permanent basis.

What do you look forward to on retiring? Do you enjoy the social aspect of work, do you think you’ll miss it when you no longer need to work?


5 thoughts on “Silence”

  1. You’ve obviously never camped next to a gaggle of migrating Canadian Geese!

    Best thing about retirement will be having the free time to dedicate to the causes I’m passionate about.

  2. I’m with Jane – I want to be able to eat when I want and get up whenever I feel like it, and not have to be at my post from 9-5 with regimented breaks.

  3. What I looked forward to the most prior to ERing in 2008 was losing my hated commute including having to get up early just to make my train.

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