Join us as we “Turn the Page & Work to Live”
The true story- join us, learn with us…
Trish and I are committed to telling our story through this travel blog. This story is about “Turning the Page” to start a new chapter in our lives and becoming the Cajun Trippers! Join us as we work through the emotional highs, mediums and lows. Join us as we break with the traditional Baby Boomer retirement plan, and join the many other Baby Boomers traveling into early retirement. Join us as we Turn the page: Work to Live!
Learn from us as we unplug from our current lifestyle. Learn from us as we develop the Cajun Tripper blog. Learn from us as we roll out and explore the main roads and backroads of North America in our RV and toad.
Turn the page with Craig and Tricia, the Cajun Trippers!
The back story
As I type this, it is now March 29, 2017, almost 4 full weeks after I unplugged from my 0700-1730 day job. This job was a culmination of stepping across and climbing several ladders over a period of 42 years. I was getting close to retirement, another 5 to 10 years away! In 10 years, I could claim my maximum benefits from the Social Security Office. “WhuuWhooo!”, you might say. Not me, I’m thinking, “Am I gonna be around then?; Will I be in good health?; What am I waiting for?; Should I rip out a page from the new generation and work to live now?”
Although I had mentioned to Trish the idea of resigning my day job in 2016, it was January 2017 when I started asking her, “What is your Crazy Train score?” On that day, my score was a 7.0, and she slowly said, “I’m at a 6.” For several weeks, our scores continued to climb until we were at a 9 and a 8. I was consistently a half a point to a full point ahead. A score of 10 was “full go, do it.” So, things happen, things change, we stepped onto the Crazy Train together on March 6, 2017.
The decision still feels like a crazy ride, but we are more comfortable with the idea today as we prepare to throw away, give away, sell and store our 34 years of accumulated stuff.
Today and tomorrow’s story
Today, I do not refer to my recent unemployment as retirement. Instead, Trish and I have learned and applied a lesson from the Millennial generation. This lesson is titled “Work to Live”. I continue to avoid telling friends and family that I am retired; I am between jobs; we have chosen to Work to Live through our travels. Currently, my job involves ungluing ourselves from our current lifestyle, our fixed home and a fixed job. My next job is starting now as I design, learn, author, edit this travel blog, this true story.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain