The holiday season is the perfect time to let your loved ones know how deeply you care about them by exploring and discussing everyone's life priorities for the years ahead -- including your retirement.
Bottom line, be prepared, at some time during your first year in your new home, perhaps even during the first month or two, to wonder what in the world you've done. No, this wasn't crazy, and it wasn't a mistake. Wait it out. The panic will pass. Just on the other side is the life you came to find.
A friend, Paul Terhorst, retired very early, at age 35, nearly 30 years ago. Paul retired for many reasons and even wrote a book about the thinking involved. But today he explains that, in retrospect, one reason stands out more than all the others.
Americans are especially receptive to messages equating retirement with a "new frontier." The idea that our best days are always ahead of us is an important part of our fabric, both individually and as a nation.