My youngest daughter, Emmy, turned 12 earlier this year. As I had done with her 2 older sisters the year they turned 12, I took Emmy on a father-daughter camping trip in August.
For each of my 3 daughters, we planned the trip ahead of time so that we knew where we would be going and what we would be doing.
Emmy chose to go to Cypress Hills Provincial Park. The picture of us was taken at the Great Sand Hills, one of the more unique places in Saskatchewan with Sahara-Desert-style sand dunes.
Each father-daughter trip has been different, because each of my daughters are unique.
Same goes for works of art – each one is different and unique.
With powerful data analysis and computer graphics technology, scientists have been able to recreate what they think is a painting that Rembrandt would have painted.
By analyzing each of his paintings pixel by pixel and creating a height map to mimic his brush strokes, the creators produced a new “Rembrandt” portrait with a 3D printer.
Would Rembrandt be happy? They will never know.
Without the proper plan in place, it may be left to the courts to “recreate” what they think your plan would look like.
Would you be happy with that?
The time to paint your perfect “retirement picture” is while you are alive, when you have the most options.
If you could wave a magic wand and have the ideal lifestyle in retirement, what would that look like? What’s your ideal legacy?
That’s the beginning of the process of painting your Abundant Retirement picture.
Next come your wealth priorities.
From there, you define a set of measurable, specific, and unique goals that will define what the picture of an abundant retirement looks like FOR YOU.
Vision. Priorities. Goals. In that order.
The time to paint your Rembrandt retirement is NOW.
Imagine if I had just told Emmy that we would be doing what one of her sisters had chosen for their trip. Do you think it would have been as special for her?
Don’t let the courts paint your picture… or anyone else for that matter. Paint the picture YOU want.
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
– Mark Twain