retire too young?

27 Feb

london 5.54pm 6.7C dry saturday 2016

i went to lidl’s in the old kent road, to buy their veg, 29p each. and on the way back i bought pork at asda, it is because they were still selling it for £2/kg. i still have some pork in the freezer from my last time , when i bought it on 4th feb, but it can keep so i better buy now . who knows next month it might not be on sale for £2/kg.

i cut out the skin and made crackling out of it. it is real easy to do. just cut it into small pieces and fry. then drain off the fat that comes out of it,( i use it for cooking to add =flavour to the cooking oil ) and there u have it , the left over is crackling. they impart a lovely flavour and crunch to anything, if u add it as a garnish on top of the dish at the end of the cooking.

i have found a nice way to get there. by train from victoria, to peckham rye and then take the bus p12 . it was a very smooth flow from train to bus , the bus came very soon after i arrived at the bus stop. the train leaves victoria every half hourly. the station is very near the library which i go to every day.

coming back i found it is better for me to take the bus back, take the 53 and change at elephant and castle for the c10 and that drops me right outside my flat nearly.

these are all the travelling i get up to these days, unlike these young retired couple who are travelling the world, having saved enough and be self sufficient. they were featured in the daily mail website, and it seems that is what the daily mail do online now.they seem to  feature bloggers and grab stuff from them,(maybe by linking to their blog those guys can earn money from it, is that so i wonder? is that how the daily mail persuade them to allow their blog to be featured? or do they demand a fee from the daily mail?) or utube, there are plenty of articles about best of… this or that. of nine ways to do this or that…is that what the newspapers do when they are online nowadays? i noticed the independant do that too. in fact all of them… 

i know a lot of people seem to like retiring early. or that is the conventional wisdom. and the couple seem to be enjoying themselves, but i bet they will be bored with it, and when the kid grows up and have to go to school, and so need a long term stay- put- in- one- place situation, they will be relieved, (secretly) that they dont have to be nomads anymore and give it up without having to admit it.  haha. 

frankly i dont think that is a good idea (retiring early). 30s is too young.  u can go off and take a sabbatical for a year or two, of course, and that is a better route. i know for a fact i got bored if i go for a long break. i do it regularly when i was working, but only for about 2-3months, when i travel and loaf around, but after that i get bored and go back to work again. so for me, i found 2-3 months is more than i can stand not to be working. i like my work, because i am very good at it. haha.

lucky i can do it, being selfemployed and single and can relocate to anywhere in london and work was easy to get. retire when u are 50yrs old, that is a feasible thing to do, as you will find your body and mind are not as good for the work as it used to be and u get tired easily. at least that was what happened to me. that was why i stopped work at 50. 

i think when u are young, u are so full of energy. you want to do something that exploits your skill. if u are good at doing something u really want to do it, not only for the money , and that can be a lot if your skills are sought after, (so u can have the satisfaction that what u do is making u lots of money as well) but also the satisfaction of doing something well, and useful. that is why i dont think retiring so young is a good idea.

one other thing, when u are young and can make so much money, u should do it rather than let it slip by. make hay while the sun shines is what i always believe.


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