The synopsis is this, I turned 56 on the 9th of this month. My darling wife is seven years younger. Normally, another birthday just doesn't affect me at all. This year however, I had to put my 90 year old dad in a rehab-nursing home for a while. Up until Thanksgiving he was completely self sufficient,living on his own in a multi story house, driving his convertible and enjoying life. Visiting that nursing home and seeing folks from their 60's to their 90's in varying states of decomposition has had a profound effect on me.
Anyway, my wife said to me today that maybe we should check out of our careers and become as she put it "seasonal people" for 5 years or so resuming full time work at some point in the future. That would involve relocating to our beach house from May to say Thanksgiving and then heading to probably Sunday River until the end of March. We are thinking of working weekends somewhere and skiing Monday to Friday. Summer would take care of itself. With luck, I could resume doing what I do for a living ( I work as a sub-contractor) I have wanted to do this forever and it has been a life plan. The kids are raised and out, my dad is going to move in with my sister and my two houses are all but paid off.
Like my wife said, who knows what tomorrow may bring, we could be healthy or have a major car accident or develop some medical condition and we would regret not having taken the time in our all too brief stay on this beautiful planet to celebrate life and to enjoy being together.
Really the only stumbling block I can foresee is adequate affordable medical coverage. Her employer has a really nice plan but the COBRA version would be huge dollars.I have in the past used short term gap insurance from a few companies that cover hospitalization but not doctor visits or prescriptions.
Thoughts? Have any of you checked out of your lifestyle and chucked it all? How did it work out? Regrets? Unforeseen problems?