When he heard I was considering semi-retirement after my Navy retirement, a good friend and mentor told me I really needed to think about quality of life. He is absolutely right of course, no one wants a bad quality of life. The challenge of course is defining the term. Quality of Life means different things to different people.
What does it mean to you? Is it family? Wealth? Health? A cool car? Security? Vacations? Each person has to define QOL for themselves. At other times in my life, QOL meant a job I enjoyed, a healthy happy family and enough money to live “the good life”.Now as I reach the end of my Navy career, the thing I value the most is time.
Time is our most precious resource, you can’t buy any more of it, you have to make the most of what you have. In my case, I am willing to slightly decrease some creature comforts such as a new car every few years and a huge McMansion of a house in favor of more time with my family and more time to pursue hobbies that interest me.
Do you look forward to the weekend? I know I do. It represents a chance to slow down and relax, stop thinking about work and enjoy some time off. My new definition of QOL is having a weekend every day. That’s what I want.
So that is my current focus. Decrease our current out of pocket expenses, pay off debt to allow us to start saving seriously for a big down-payment on a retirement home.
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