I think that when someone finds true fulfillment in what they do on a day to day basis, they forget about early retirement or it simply gets delayed.I used to think that I would retire by age 50 or 55. But two years ago my husband changed jobs. In this new job, his client base will continue to pay dividends in the future for very little work. So he plans on NOT retiring anymore, or at least not fully retiring until he really can not work any longer (due to illness or strange circumstances).
Now I am re-thinking my retirement plan. When I dreamed about early retirement, it was with my husband at my side. Now, why would I want to retire when I would just be spending each day alone, not travelling together like I had planned. So my plans have changed. Instead of working very hard for a short period of time to amass as much money as possible and then leaving the work world forever, I am thinking about working not hard at all, and staying much, much longer.
I can't be the only one whose retirement plans have changed. Who else has had to rethink their retirement strategy, and why?
For me, even when we reach financial independence, I'll probably still "work" in some capacity, but on ventures that I truly enjoy.