I am Marsha, an imaginary character in the life of a California writer who uses me to simplify her otherwise too-chaotic existence. My husband, Stanley (who may or may not bear a certain resemblance to a real person) and I retired earlier than wise people would have. January 2011 begins my quest to find out what it is that Stanley and I have gotten ourselves into.
Did we check out of the work force too soon? Will we be able to stay thinking, intelligent people without a schedule given to us by some outside force? Were we ever THAT intelligent? We did retire in the midst of economic crisis, so there’s room for discussion here.
I am devoting the next year or two or ten to retirement quests. If you have a retirement question you want someone to find out before you take the plunge into that unknown, send it. I have some of my own. Mostly, how to have no job, but plenty fun.