I am a 56 year old single retiree. I have two grown children and three grandsons ages 7, 3, and 1. I have been retired for 3 years. I was the head of an IT department supervising 100 employees.
Unfortunately salaries were frozen for management employees the last 10 years that I was employed. As I was reaching the eligible retirement requirements and after receiving no raises and having most of my employees receiving more compensation than I was I decided to go with the retirement option.
I started wondering what I would do after I retired about a year before I actually retired. I decided to get back into riding horses, like I did 10 years ago. So I went out to a stable a few months before i retired and inquired about leasing a horse to ride. After they saw me ride a couple of horses, they decided they had a lot of horses that needed to be ridden and since they liked my riding skills I could come out and ride whenever i wanted for free.
After doing a few months of this... I started working for this stable for about a year and a half.
I ended up buying a horse and now a few years later I own two. I ride daily in an indoor arena or on trails right out of the barn. Right now this is working for me, however I am starting to think about future plans.
More on that later....