I’ll have to look up that Zevon song, sounds like it’s right up my alley. Thank you. It is also about enjoying those that mean the most to you.

Are we choosing materialism, or are we pursuing those things that really matter in life? I’ve always thought of the “living while I’m dead” part as the awful nursing home life of vacant stares and endless tv reruns, so the “die while I’m living” part has got to include taking care of your health along with having fun! Appreciate you posting this and reminding me to do the things that make me feel Alive! And I can confidently say that in my area, I simply cannot buy adequate coverage. Use the HTML below. Good stuff.

In all these years, I never saw the songs refrain of “living while I’m dead” as relating to the cubicle grind and not spiritual eternity.

As I write these words, I’m excited about applying that attitude to our new life in retirement (four months in, by the way, and loving every minute of it). If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.

1,122, This story has been shared 1,074 times. Will Netflix's 'Dash & Lily' Help Save NYC’s The Strand? Well said and thanks! W O W !! One thing I like best about your blog is that you emphasize and describe the qualitative measures of a good or great retirement (and life in general) as well as the quantitative financial aspects. At the time I felt carefree and had nothing to lose. My plans including traveling the world while I am still able, to attend OLLIE classes at my old University, volunteer to teach reading at my local library, continue to be an assistant coach at the school I am working at, continue to sell things on EBAY, and more. The part that stuck the cord for me was about the Dead while Living points…so true and so many people ‘living’ that way. Start to ‘live my days well’, and not put too much off for a quieter (FI) time, I can appreciate my enough. Fritz: another great buffet song that has always stuck with me is Cowboy in the Jungle from son of a son of a Sail:r. Spinning around in circles, living it by day, but still 24 hours, maybe 60 good years, it’s really not that long a stay…, Your blog helps me gain the courage to move on to the next phase in 8 months when I reach 65…. I’m trying to build skills in and out of the office to facilitate remote work / location independent / very minimal commute part of my FI plan. Launch day was the only time I remember my wife asking about my life insurance. To improve your situation. A furiously original meld of madness and pathos, The Living and the Dead is family dysfunction at its most shocking and grotesque. I have so many favorites but one that comes to mind is Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. I just recently retired earlier this year after being let go from a startup I was running because I could not raise money from VCs and Angels to keep it afloat. Add the first question. Thanks for the great reminder on why living is more important than simply being alive.

Do you have pre-existing conditions to cover? I just started learning the banjo because I always have wanted to….so why wait until retirement when I can do it now. Good luck on your decision regarding your current job vs. potential offer.

Keep up the good stuff. Interestingly, a few years ago I was one of those that had said I would never retire….

Helping People Achieve A Great Retirement. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Saying you’d rather die is equally terrible in that you are simultaneously insulting yourself and a group of people with a different type of medical condition: depression. Study up on travel hacking. As one who saw firsthand people who have died before their time, you have a credible perspective on the priorities in life. Well since I am the inspiration for this article and you quoted me without any attribution, I shall respond. I am not dying while I am living but sure the heck want to be. ", NBC News Correspondent Caught Cursing Into a Hot Mic in Viral Flub: "Oh S***, Oh F***", ‘Below Deck’ Charter Guest Charley Walters Defends Behavior as “Drama for the Show”, Kelly Clarkson Nails Steven Tyler's Falsetto in Amazing "Dream On" Cover, 9 Movies on Netflix To Watch In Honor of Veterans Day, No, a Pornhub Banner Didn't Actually Appear on CNN's Magic Wall, How to Watch Joe Biden's Election Speech Live Tonight. Great addition of Tim McGraw’s song to the discussion, another great song with the same philosophy. Wink. He’d rather write his usual philosophical blah-blah-blah, which appears to appeal to his readers more than actual financial planning and real risk management. Unfortunately, now many years later I have a lot more resposibilites (family, kids, job, etc.) I’d love to meet up with you for some outdoor activities in the mountains! I believe he and his dad had been on the outs for a very long time and had only recently reconciled before Tug was diagnosed. Do you want access to a broad network of doctors and other providers? In my view, retirement is a golden opportunity to pursue a “Die While I’m Living” approach to Life. 'Fargo' Season 4 Episode 7 Recap: I'm a Fool to Do Your Dirty Work, 'Seduced's Creators Want Their Docuseries to Be a Warning, 'Seduced's Third Episode Is a Deep Dive into Keith Raniere's Most Deplorable Crimes, Keith Raniere, NXIVM Leader and 'The Vow' Subject, Gets 120 Years in Prison, Who is Peter on ‘Southern Charm’? Those peak experiences are the ones we experience, capture, remember, recall, and enjoy.


Unless you are lucky enough to have access to retiree coverage (corporate, military, government employee, etc.)

Early bird gets the worm, again. My wife and I decided then that life is to short and unpredictable to delay making memories. A Cast Guide To Netflix's Film Version of the Tony Award-Winning Play, Meet the Gay Pioneers Who Made 'The Boys in the Band' Happen, Will There Be a 'Queen's Gambit' Season 2 on Netflix?

Funny how songs can make us think about how we choose to live our lives. And while we are always looking forwards to reaching our destination, the experiences and wisdom attain along the way are what make it all worthwhile. Two weeks ago I had a wonderful cold water swim in a nearby mountain lake. This life is so short and we’ve only got so much time to love people, see the world, meet new friends, share our faith, help someone in need, and find new adventures.

Trying to make a difference in the community, and count my blessing, each and every day! It depends on what you expect from your health insurance.

To continually grow. Where I live, it’s the *only* option for people who are self-employed…simply are no other options.

Therefore, no doubt your latest blog resonates with me. Some examples of how you can apply the “Die While I’m Living” mindset to retirement: As you prepare for your retirement, build a plan to accommodate the things that most bring you Life. No regrets. (2015– ). Mrs. Groovy, please what and/or who (whom?) Be creative. The Breakfast Tart in 'The Great British Baking Show' "'80s Week", Luis Troyano, 'Great British Baking Show' Finalist, Dies at 48, 'The Great British Baking Show': Lottie & Mark’s Rivalry was the Best — Until it was the Worst, 'Fargo' Season 4 Episode 8 Recap: There Will Be Blood. Nevertheless, this excellent post reminds me to create “exceptional” memories along the way. However, even for those folks who look at retirement as something they can only dream of, I firmly believe there are changes everyone can make to get more “Die While They’re Living” and less “Living While They’re Dead” into their lives.

What are you doing to Die While You’re Living? It's The Life In Your Years. Fast forward to 3 years ago, I was happy with my career and then my best friend that I actually shared a crib with got sick and passed from cancer. Whooo Hoooo (maybe spelled incorrectly but ya get me). Focus on experiences, relationships, adventure. It is in line with the way I am living. Live your life doing the things which make you feel Alive, and don’t settle for things that make you dead. “Die While I’m Living”  does NOT mean: To Die While We’re Living does not mean doing stupid things that endanger our lives. Start Living. Thanks for sharing your insights and journey into this exciting new phase of life. This FAQ is empty. While it may be hard to put a specific description on “Living While You’re Dead”, I think we all know it when we see it. If you’re not familiar with the song, I’d suggest you scroll ahead to the 1:40 mark in the video below to hear Mr. Buffett sing it for you (CAUTION:  It may penetrate your brain, and cause you to rethink your approach to life.). I haven’t seen it to this point and I know why: because they don’t exist. I’m trying to “die while I’m living” by doing epic stuff in the outdoors – especially while my body is still a (relatively) kinda-well-oiled machine . of hours planning for my retirement, seems a bit “cheap” (to use your word) for you to comment that I’m “crossing my fingers and hoping things will work out”. Or in other words, "I'd rather have the exhilaration and freedom from being as mountain climber, even if that means I might fall off a cliff and die at a young age, than go to the same boring office job for 40 years and die an old man." So, if we’ve determined what “Die While I’m Living” is, what does the opposite look like? Track Your Finances For Free Great post! After all, it’s 5:00 o’clock somewhere…. Half way through that each year my pension goes up by 2% which is about $1000 per month for life (100% spouse survivorship) and every year end comes the top hat plan and bonus which runs around $150k. Start saving more, and buying less.

You’ve set yourself up to be able to enjoy your retirement early and not that you need to hear from me, but I say, go live it!!!

I retired 12 days ago and am loving every minute of the freedom of time attained. Larry, unless I’ve missed something….the ACA allows *anyone* to purchase insurance. I didn’t think it was a fair trade off of this life for the next. I was also wrong with the cheap cliche’s, I see. What We Know So Far, Yes, Dudley Dursley Is in 'The Queen's Gambit', 'The Queen's Gambit' Cast Guide: Who's Who in Netflix's Chess Drama, Woman Crush Wednesday: 'Dash & Lily' Star Midori Francis Will Make Your Holiday Season Merry and Bright. Not likely with any insurance I’ve seen….Even the “good” plans have limited networks.

At any price. We’re getting there, and while on the way, we’re making every effort to make all our days intentional as we can. Big Parrothead here so I had to comment. I couldn’t be happier about the adjustment, and just keep pinching myself to see when I’ll wake up.

Tim’s words remind us not to take days or people for granted because you never know if you’ll see more of them. Headed home tomorrow after a month in Nepal – backpacking Tea House style, kayaking and finished with a Safari. We all choose, every day, how we’re going to live our lives. The next day I went mountain biking in Tennessee. I figured folks could easily enough click on the link I provided to see your original content, thought that was attribution but appears I’m incorrect. Thank you so much for your continued “writings” to encourage those(us) to experience what you are now.

Thanks for adding to the song list! I wrote this post in response to the following comment on my recent post Health Insurance In Retirement:  Unsolved. It’s all about life philosophy and “I’m OK, you’re OK.” But that’s just not what responsible financial planning is. Very cool how music transcends the generations, Jacq. !0 years added to early retirement definitely outweighs health insurance. Funny, I’ve considered learning the banjo as well. I am a few months away from retiring at 63. Find a way to fill previously “Live While You’re Dead”-time with things that bring you excitement. 'Southern Charm': Shep Rose Reveals What Girlfriend Taylor Ann Green Did (And Didn't Do) To Lock Him Down, This story has been shared 4,238 times.

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