“What the h$#% is a Sportsmobile?”

OK, so most of our responses would be “google” it… and if you do, you’ll find that Sportsmobile is a US-based creator of magical beasts – better known as Camper Vans or like the Pikey’s said in Guy Ritchie’s must-watch movie “Snatch”, caravans.

Although I’m certain that the guys and gals from Sportsmobile USA would be a wee bit offended should someone equate a ‘caravan’ to their customized, flat-out, stone-crushing, traveling 4×4 machines. (see below)

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At this point you’re probably wondering why I’m talking about this. I’ve brought this up because once I have enough saved, one of these will be sitting in our driveway. I admit. This is certainly one of those decisions that you need buy-in from your spouse – thankfully Carrie is on board. Actually, for us a Tiny Home + Sportsmobile wouldn’t really be a bad way to retire.

I’m also bringing this up because it’s OK to aim for something like a Sportsmobile and what that represents. For Carrie and I that’s travel, freedom, being outdoors, minimalism, and not feeling tied down. As our parents will attest, we are a couple who always seems to be in motion.

So, whether it’s a Sportsmobile, a boat, visiting all MLB parks in the US, traveling to Hong Kong or just fishing, having these ideals of what life will be after your work-life winds down, is a good thing. Give yourself permission to think about these things now so you remain on the trajectory to accomplish them.

These future goals are much more tangible than “retirement”. For way too many people, thinking of retirement is a discreet thing – like an exit on a highway – something that just begins one day.

In fact, it is so much more than that.

We in the financial services sector are probably responsible for this, I’m sure of it, given the misaligned profit motives that existed for way too long. I digress.

As I get further and further into the financial planning business, I’m all for trying to adjust the mindset that surrounds this idea, so hear me out.

Start thinking about retirement as a transition that occurs in the future, where your time will be less devoted to something because you have to, and more devoted to something because you want to.

Notice the word transition is not the word change. I realize how simple this sounds, but by using the word transition there seems to be a lot less pressure to have it figured out.

In full disclosure, I’ve got the pic of the Sportsmobile that is above as my desktop picture on my computer at work. I actually love seeing it while I work. I know when I’m 6-ft under it won’t matter, but it sure allows me to not only think about the future, but a future with Carrie riding next to me, traveling, and enjoying life. That specificity has got to be worth something.