According to a number of experts, you should plan for at least 8000 days of retirement (around 20 years). It's one third of your adult life, and it's a time that you need to be prepared for. (Because it could last longer than you expect.)
You've probably thought about the money part of things: savings, investments, whether you'll work part time or not at all, etc. (These are the things that everyone thinks about.) Maybe you've also considered how you'll spend your newly-freed-up time. Now you'll have time to volunteer, travel, or plant that vegetable garden you always talked about.
There is one thing many people don't consider. What is your legacy? What do you want your family and friends to know? How do you want to be remembered?
I always wanted to be remembered for more than when and where I was born, or what DNA I contributed. Sure, these are great facts to know, but they don't tell my great grandkids anything about me. I want them to know about my hopes, my dreams, my aspirations, my beliefs, and even my regrets. Don't you want your family to know all about you?
Your legacy is a crucial part of your retirement, and I'd love to help you with yours. Please contact me and let's get the ball rolling with your Legacy Plan.
(By the way, if you work with people to help them prepare for retirement, I'd love to see if we'd be a good fit to work together! Please use my contact form to reach out to me. I can provide a fun, lighthearted addition to a retirement planning workshop or event.)
L. Shay Bradham is a Legacy Book Coach and a Legacy Letter Coach in the Boston area.