Thanks to this post at "My Retirement Blog," I discovered a survey that says Baby Boomers are enjoying their retirement in ways that previous generations didn't. I do have some concerns about the way the survey was conducted--maybe folks who are pleased with their current condition are more likely to respond to a voluntary online poll?
But the results are in line with how I expect to answer when I finally retire. I fully expect to enjoy myself, to be engaged in my community, to travel, and to generally participate in life. I expect that even if I have financial or health concerns.
I think Baby Boomers are more used to setting specific goals, having "5 year plans," and generally planning for the future.
I say that even though the evidence is we haven't been so great about our financial planning.
I know that I have given my life plans--the career path I chose, the children I adopted, the places I've lived--far more thought than my parents did theirs. Life seemed to happen TO them, while I feel like I have been more in charge of the life I have led.
Naturally, not all those decisions, however well thought out, have actually worked out. And, along the way, I forgot to plan for some of the details, like exactly how I was going to fund my retirement.
But hey--I'm working on a plan for that NOW!