A Saturday Stroll

Dave 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.

My wife and I were supposed to go visit family on the weekend, a two and a half hour drive most of the way across Southwestern Ontario. Instead, my wife spent all day Saturday sick on the couch, and I was left looking for something to do. Rather than sitting in front of the television or computer all day, I decided to go for a walk. I needed a few plumbing parts for a piece of homebrew equipment I am cobbling together (a 50 liter mash tun if anyone is into that kind of thing) and decided to walk across the smallish city I live in rather than driving.

Much to my wife’s dismay (she has gotten caught up in some of these long treks) I am a big fan of throwing on a backpack, filling a bottle with water and taking off for the day. My solo walks tend to be much longer, with this past Saturday’s being somewhere over 20 km, allowing me to get through a good chunk of an audiobook. I like not having any real goals and being able to just make a meandering loop for a good chunk of the day. The problem with this hobby of course, is that I need 3-5 hours blocked off to be able to do it (kind of like my golf habit).

I’m hoping that I’ll be able to take part in these physical-type activities well into my older years, maybe at a slower speed, but still getting out and about to people watch, get some sun, people watch, have some coffee and check out different neighbourhoods all over town.

My goal of Early Retirement is to offer me more time to do these low-cost activities, which take only time, rather than a lot of money. Rather than selling the best hours of the day, as I do right now to my employer, I’ll have the ability to choose the activities I want to take part in on a daily basis.

Right now, I really don’t have a lot to complain about with my work-life balance. I work 40 hours a week at a “new” job that I just started a few months ago (so it’s still fresh everyday). My employer likes me and has given me excellent performance reviews over my entire 10-year tenure I’ve had with them. The only problem I have is a lack of time. I have too many other things that I would like to do in the 8 hours a day I’m at work.

I look forward to someday down the road where I can spend a day on a golf course, instead of rushing out to get 9 holes in before dark – to be able to explore other nearby towns that I don’t have time to check out right now, but keep meaning to. This is the reason I’m on my current path to Early Retirement.

What do you wish you had more time to do?

3 thoughts on “A Saturday Stroll”

  1. Where do I start?

    Build our cabin on our 10 acre west coast island property – carpentry skills need serious development. Get a huge garden and orchard going on same property. Get a motor boat and explore the neighbouring islands (U.S. and Canadian) that we have only gazed at longingly across the water. More time to fish, crab, and clam just off our beach… Spend more time in the kayak in the hopes that I may have more encounters with the pods of orcas that frequent our particular stretch of the Salish Sea – these more frequent paddle trips will hopefully allow my upper torso to more resemble its former, more shapely self. More time spent at our family compound in Mexico – stays of months at a time instead of weeks would be wonderful. Would like to get a dog. Pursue my astronomy hobby.

    There is more, but I think you can get an idea of what awaits my work-free existence…. 🙂

  2. Learn to swim. Do triathalons. Have multi-week visits with family in other states. Spend time drinking coffee and enjoying the view with no where in particular to be.

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