April 17, 2004
Growing up

One bright and crispy morning I was sitting on the upper deck and gazing out of the window - down onto a bus shelter as the bus slowed to a halt. I saw two elderly folks perched on the red bench - presumably waiting for a different bus. This made me think. What will I do when I’m grown up?

What will I do when I’m grown up?

For a long time I had grandiose plans to retire at the age of 50 - with enough money to see me through the rest of my days - which I would spend seeing the world. As the years have passed by - I’ve become increasingly unsure as to whether that would be possible. Mortgages, kids, college fees, taxes etc. etc. etc. I revised my plans a few years ago - and fancied the idea of selling out of London when I retire - maybe Spain, maybe Portugal, maybe Australia, maybe India - somehere where the sun shines most of the year around, and somewhere where satellite dishes and high-speed Internet connections are readily available. Somewhere small for just myself and Ms.79 to base ourselves from.

The more I immerse myself in these dreams - imagining what it might possibly be like - the more I begin to get the awful feeling in my stomach about missing home. Home as in where I am right now as I sit here typing these words. It’s all too easy to look forward to “getting away from here one day” - but it’s real hard to admit that you might just miss it if you did.

Posted by jag at April 17, 2004 01:54 PM

I’m thinking about that too. And I haven’t even got children yet. Or a house. Or two. In these moments when I let my thoughts go in that direction, I think it might be a good idea to already buy a house somewhere warm (maybe Croatia?) and rent it out until the days come.

Posted by: Marcus Kern on April 17, 2004 02:30 PM

so you say they’re turning Yog-ji’s into a Nando’s?! i’m fairly mixed about that .… nice chicken close by but yogi-ji’s was always a nice staple place there, sigh things always change.

Posted by: Jaina on April 17, 2004 09:28 PM

Ha - thank God, I still have a few more years before I come to the stage you are presently in.
Still - it will eventually come - there is no stopping it

Posted by: sat on April 18, 2004 06:07 AM

Hiyaaaa Jag! how be u? Well I wud say dont think too much.….shudnt trouble the brain too much.….:P :P :P…jokes apart.…seriosuly dont think too much, live in the present…easier said than done i guess.…..!!!!

Posted by: Shobha on April 18, 2004 08:30 AM

I’m just about to start the “leaving all this behind and going off round the world” thing. The flat is sold subject to contract, we’ve started working out where to put the various bits of household contents.

No kids, no mortgage soon, no jobs since my wife and I were made redundant, the gov’t owes me taxes (which is nice), and best of all, no desire to grow up.

I’m looking forward to going, getting away from Britain for a while and seeing other parts of the world. Some people might think it’s irresponsible, dropping out of working life for a year or two in my late 30’s, but I figure I may as well do it now, while I have the chance and health to enjoy it, and while it can still make a major impact on my life.

No idea whether we’ll be back for good, it depends what we find out there.

Will I miss Brixton and the UK? Yes, undoubtedly, but that’s no reason not to go. It might make me appreciate the UK a bit more, it might confirm to me that there are better places to live in the world.

To be honest, our biggest worry is going to be our cat, Fossil, who’ll be 9 (human) years old this year, but my parents have offered to look after him.

Posted by: Nigel on April 18, 2004 10:57 AM

Hi Nigel - well, what a story. I wouldn’t say irresponsible - I’d say just a different choice of adventure. I think you’d be right about travelling away from home making you appreciate home a lot more. When are you going? I hope you share your stories with us.

Posted by: Jag on April 18, 2004 01:42 PM

Not entirely sure when we’ll be departing from the UK yet. We’re hoping to tour the UK in a camper van, and popping along to Glastonbury for the festival at the end of June. I think it’ll probbaly be early September by the time we get away, but there are so many variables at the moment.

Posted by: Nigel on April 18, 2004 07:47 PM

Cool. I read your article re driving and vehicle - you might want to check out my Transvision Vamp music video of me driving round the North Circular to IKEA - which features a VW camper van which we were following. Go to http://www.jag.me.uk/audiovideo.htm and see the “North Circular to IKEA” link under “pop vids”.

Posted by: Jag on April 18, 2004 08:02 PM

Once again i loved the photo and the perspective.
a couple of years ago - before i started my business - i worked out the “monetary goal” for retirement - a home atop a hill overlooking a river. The land is cheap. it would still cost around Rs. 5 to 7.5 million in the bank and live off the interest. This is just to maintain my current lifestyle & responsibilities-
so we are all hoping that the business is a success and retirement beckons at 40:)

Posted by: Harini on April 19, 2004 09:19 AM

Hiya Harini - now you are going to have to help me out here: Rs. 7.5M is under 100k GBP (if I’ve converted correctly). Absolutely not wanting to boast about it - but if I sold out of what I have here in London I could liquidate at quite a few times that amount. And I’m all for living on less - so very prepared to shed a bit of lifestyle along the way. So - what do I do to make it happen? A house on a hill overlooking a river sounds perfect to me!

Posted by: Jag on April 19, 2004 02:16 PM

I know it’s been said before but this picture is very good. Brilliant balance and you just wonder what will happen next.

Posted by: Konstantin on April 20, 2004 06:26 PM

Hey Konstantin - many thanks for complement! I owe it to my camera - it takes great pics! Yes - the more I look at it - the more I wonder what next - a perfect thought to accompany the topic in question!

Posted by: Jag on April 20, 2004 08:05 PM

My recent Goa trip certainly ignited a few sparks in my head about spending my later years in this beautiful land, 365 days of sunshine, fantastic beaches, food to die for and much more… Goa is digitally connected and soon there will be broadband I’m sure. Bliss!!!

Posted by: Sonia on April 21, 2004 06:40 PM

Hi Sonia - thanks for commenting here! Yes - Goa is definitely a viable candidate in terms of digital connections etc. - once again I know someone who has been saving up for the last 15 years on an apartment in a Goan resort - and I once seriously considered it too. Alas - I never did anything about it - so I am guessing that things are looking quite expensive out there at the moment? Kerala sounds interesting too …

Hope all is going well for you and yours in Mumbai!

Posted by: Jag on April 21, 2004 08:22 PM
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