When Life Hands You Lemons or How to Transition Into Retirement

March 12, 2020
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Life and Lemonade Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash
Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash

Really? Lemonade is all you can make when life hands you lemons? What about lemon cream pie or these days lemon hand soap so you can protect yourself from Coronavirus.

I recently got slapped up the side of my head with a box of lemons in the form of an offer from my main job to put me on a reduced number of hours and move me out of my very nice 2-bedroom apartment into a much more cramped and roommate-less 1-bedroom along with a significant cut in pay.

Uh, no! No can do. Lemonade alert!

Handicap parking Photo by Robert Ruggiero on Unsplash
Photo by Robert Ruggiero on Unsplash

If you have seen any of my latest blog entries you will know that I have had some health problems that have impacted my ability to work, specifically I have to have a walker to walk and since I am an onsite manager for a senior building sometimes that means I need to do a lot of walking and standing.

My current employer has been more than fair to me by keeping me on payroll and allowing me to work in a modified way for well over a year, so I have no room to complain but Dayum! I was humming along thinking I was back to work full-time but evidently not.

The good news is that I am already doing 99.9% of the job and just need to kick it into gear to cover the rest and God knows the additional walking will be good for me, but what this did do was hit me upside the head with the realization that someday in the possibly rather near future, I might want to work less. What a concept for someone who has spent the last fifteen years working at least 3 jobs at the same time.

So How Do I Transition Into Retirement?

Retirement Photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash
Photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash

And the biggest slap in the head? Where do I go from here and how do I pay for it?

I have always been a hard worker, my sister says workaholic but it takes one to know one and since her daughters are the same way, as was our mother it obviously runs in the family.

So how do you disentangle yourself from work and still afford to live in a country where the typical social security check is a guarantee of living below the poverty level? Do I have to really move to Mexico as I have threatened for years?

For right now that doesn’t seem to be where I am headed. But where do I go where I won’t be totally alone, where I can live quietly but with an internet connection, delivery from Amazon and Instacart, close to my family but still for a cheap-ass price? In California? Am I crazy?

RV Living Photo by Hanson Lu on Unsplash
Photo by Hanson Lu on Unsplash

My sister doesn’t think so. Her plan is for all of us, she and her husband, her brother-in-law and me to live on one piece of property (the retirement compound if you will) separate but close by either with a big house or more likely land with 5th wheels (one of which they just purchased which is a whole other story). Can this work? I think so, but how do we go from here to there when we don’t have any concrete details yet?

What comes first in our quest to make lemonade or my preference lemon pie?

First knowledge-seeking, then planning. Right now I am reading all I can about living the RV life but I haven’t gotten far yet. However, I will be sharing my discoveries with you and would love to hear any stories you have about how to transition into retirement as well.

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