|tired? or retired?|
Seems lately, all I hear about is - talk of retirement. We used to refer to it as the Big R. It seemed to be "out-there" and just not that easily attainable. I've always been one, who would say that I will probably never retire. I will be working at some capacity - not because I have to; more because I just want to.
I always thought I would retire in this house. But with taxes going up up up and entitlements we would be eligible for, going down down down - it is looking more and more like, we may have to leave California and retire elsewhere.
And just where would "elsewhere" be? Looking for a state that does not tax Social Security, retirement pensions; military pensions or out-of-state pensions. No State income tax would be nice for a change.
How much time do we have to make this decision? 11 more years. And a lot can happen in 11 years. The State of California could of already gone off our own fiscal cliff or we fell into the pacific ocean! Honestly hoping none of that happens because I do love California - however, many times I ask myself, "Why?"
Is it that, it's the only state I know intimately? I am a Californian, thus I think like a Californian - in many ways. I know I had major culture shock, moving from San Francisco to semi-rural Northern California. I did surprise myself though - I love it here. Granted, I do miss the excitement the bay area offers, and the multiple things to do. How much is THAT worth to me? Or will it finally be time to make that "pioneer" move - to a new territory.
To be continued...
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