I made a loose 1-yr plan for 2018 but have been unclear as to how to carry through most of it until very recently. I have already reported that I have kept my pledge on the health, political, employment and social fronts, doing particularly well on the health and political decisions, though merely satisfactorily on the social and employment activities. I also made pledges about finances and transition to retirement, and this is where my vision was blurry. However, a review of my finances and a little impromptu research gave rise to an epiphany.
Just yesterday, some fog lifted and my sight into my future cleared up. At the end of 2017, I penciled in a couple of decisions for fall of this year. One is whether to take a step toward retirement, and the other is what to do when some of my savings are unlocked around that time. Noting the release date of some funds and prompted by some new knowledge, some ideas for solutions to both these questions hit me this week.
After starting to feel constrained by circumstances and unsure of what I was doing at this stage, I now feel more liberated by the prospects. I can see much more potential. I can get a sense of adventures to come, which excites me. It is good! The boost of optimism energizes me.
The picture now seems brighter and I now feel confident on how to act in the coming months. I will pool the unlocked funds and see if I can't apply them to a new investment that should provide more steady income, plus widen the avenue into a future position and lifestyle. Whereas my prospects seemed dimmer and the vision of my life as a senior hard and dull, I now see a happier and more interesting life ahead because I have realized I have more options.
This is an uplifting experience also because I can see the fruit of much saving and scheming starting to form. In this fresher light, the benefits of having worked to set aside funds and conserve my spending, and thereby my pleasures and whims, shine through.