My thoughts strayed to retirement around 2001 when I turned 50. Freedom 55 was still conversational, referring to an ad campaign initiated in 1989. My personal Freedom 55 turned out to be real but evolved way beyond the original concept. Sixteen years have passed since I dreamed of retirement and aging has become an exciting journey for me and something that keeps me busy and active. Here I want to share some of my experiences and perhaps give some insight, inspiration, or simply save you a few dollars. All the best!