I watch a Youtube channel called Just A Few Acres, where several times each week, the host Pete shows about 15 to 20 minutes of life on his 40-acre farm near Ithaca, NY. Pete inherited this 7th-generation family farm, but he didn’t grow up there, and he didn’t start out as a farmer. He was an architect, a partner and principal in his firm. And while working his full time job, he found time to completely renovate the rundown farmhouse, buy and restore old tractors, and be a husband and father to his wife and three children.
And then he quit the job because it was unbearable. He took the plunge into being a full time famer.
In this video he says that to survive this transition emotionally, he had to invent a new structure to his life. The structure was an essential component of his survival and later success.
This lesson of needing structure is what I am carrying into my retirement planning. In the 920 days between now and my retirement I will plan that new structure and put it into play. I have a few ideas on what it will be like. Just ideas. I want to think a bit on how these will play out before being any more specific.