Day 21: Crystal Ball

I am the one who usually tells everyone my crystal ball is cracked… just like yours. It is a knee-jerk defense against pessimism.

The question is not about my prognostication. It is about my wishes. This post was almost as difficult as the one about items for which I lust.

For me, I want simple. As boring as it sounds, what I really want of the future is consistency different from the consistency which inhabits my life at the moment.



I would love days which held no stabbings, no escapes, no lights and sirens. Days and nights where the tele rings for things like reminiscing, setting social engagements and reminders I need to return books to the library.


Today, education is something I deliver. Somewhere in the future, I would love to be immersed in an education program tailored to my intellectual needs. While I recognize this is unlikely, it would be fun. For weeks at a time, I crave intellectual stimulation which does not climax in my solving a life conundrum for pay. I would like to discover my own conundrums.


Sooner than later, I want to return to my roots and dance. Despite physical limitations, I am still graceful. Without practice, I will lose that grace. I really do not want to have a hip replacement because I stepped out of the shower incorrectly.


Doves to be exact. I have a sneaking suspicion I will be having these in the near future. I have been far too long without the annoying soothing sound of mating calls.


This is not something with which I have had much success. I retired officially when I was 36. Based on the life plan I created when I was 19, I missed my goal of 35 by six weeks. While I have not finished the math and scouting to retire again, I am looking forward to being in merely an advisory or board position within the next ten years, after I have expanded Redmund into more arenas than merely books.

Hobbies=Books & Art

Yes, I want to read. I want to write. I want to be a prolific author in a number of genres. Yes, I know. I have eight titles in less than one year. I want to see my solo titles explode. I also would like to do it before I have to have someone transcribe what I speak. I would like to write them myself.

*Large raspberry* Fine. It is still not the same as feeling the pencil on the paper or the keys beneath my fingers.

I seriously need to let out some more art. I may not be the best at it, but I still enjoy creating it.

What do you want your future to hold? Anything you can grab in the next five years?

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  1. 19 you were planning on when to retire?? I’m way behind.. Education that meets your needs? That person would be worth a fortune!
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    • Yes, 19. I knew then I did not want to work more than 30 years. I am knocking on the door now to 31. I retired after 28. Hey, now! I know I am no cheap date, but a fortune? ROFL!

  2. The great thing about retirement is that it gives you more time to get the important work done.
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  3. This is definitely an inspiring prompt!
    ART! and more ART! and throw in some music too! I pursue the dream of creation in all I do, and I too would like to see my works become as fiscally generative as they are artistic and pleasing!
    And an unending ability to be philanthropic fiscally, as a teacher, as a spiritual person, in service, in laughter, in love, in all ways…

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  4. Create…art is more than what you put down on paper.
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  5. Lots of luck retiring, Red. You retiring ever? NOT. Retirement is a state of mind. In my mind retirement from routine crap is simply an invitation to become even more productive and creative. Where does that time go?

    • For me retirement will merely be moving to an occasional advisory role, as opposed to touching most every part of the machine. I love that I have been able to step away and more get done in my absence.

  6. Time. Lots of time.
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  7. If anyone can get to those things, it’s you.
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  8. Wow, retirement at 36… just 1 year to go. 🙂

    I think I will be working until I am dead.

    What would I like for the future? To follow that schedule I made last month. I’m kind of in a self employed business with lots of people watching my every other move…

    It is up to me to be disciplined and that is what I want to work on.
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    • With discipline you can do it. I know it works. Have you left a link to your blog in the Green Room?

  9. Hmmm…

    At the moment I am at a crossroads in my life.

    On the one hand I want to be able to earn enough by writing to leave benefits behind and on the other I need to be secure with my benefits as I am under review and may lose everything.

    I guess what I really need is to win the lottery, but that ain’t going to happen unless you believe in miracles.

    I guess all I can do is wait and see…

    Love and hugs!

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  10. I only want a few things –

    1. My Ph.D, so I can teach in my retirement which I am not ready for yet because I still enjoy my work too much.

    2. An island somewhere, yes an entire island somewhere or at the very least enough of it that I have complete privacy (okay a cave for you).

    3. To learn to process my own film! I know, digital is the way of the future but I still like film.

    4. To learn different media, to paint and draw just because. Maybe even to learn pottery also.

    5. To find an adult ballet class, not a leap about one but one where I can just remind my body what it feels like.

    Those are just for now. I am sure there are others. I like yours, but those are mine.
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    • I can teach you #3, and I am completely up for pottery lessons. I have not worked with clay for fun in years. Little V is enjoying ballet lessons. We do them on Tuesday and Friday. I would enjoy it more with adults. xxx


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