I got an e-mail today from a reader of this blog. He had several questions about living here in the Philippines. One question kind of got me thinking, though. He asked – “Do you get bored?” Hmm…
Have you ever talked to a person who retired after years of work? A lot of times, what I have heard from retired people is that they don’t have much spare time – they are always busy doing things. It doesn’t make sense. For years they worked 40, 50 even 60 hours per week. Going to the office or the factory filled their lives for years on end. But, when they reached the age when they could retire, instead of having all those hours for leisure, they find that they are busier than ever! Like I said, it makes no sense – however, it happens very often!
That is sort of the way it is for me living here. No, I am not retired. When I moved to the Philippines, I was only 38 years old, so I was really too young to retire. I don’t have what many people would call a “regular” job. So, the question was – are you bored? No, not at all! The truth is, I find myself a lot like that retired guy who doesn’t have enough time to accomplish everything that he has on his mind. I am on the go all the time! I have started up a number of online businesses that put food on the table, keep my kids in school, etc. I have to earn money, because I didn’t move here with a retirement check every month, social security, etc. But, I don’t go to an office, as a matter of fact, I don’t sit down and work that much either. I have employees who work for me, and I also earn 100% of my money online. Doing things like posting on blogs and other online activities is how I earn my living.
I find time for a lot of things that I didn’t have time for when I was working. One of my favorite things to do is go swimming. I have a close friend who is in a similar type of business as I am. We swim together every weekday at a nice local swimming pool. We generally swim for an hour or up to two hours. After we swim we get out of the pool and talk for another hour or two. You know what? That time that I go swimming every day is the most productive money making time of the day for me. My friend and I bounce ideas off of each other, come up with new business strategies, etc. With these new ideas, I make money.
I do other things though, that aren’t business related (not directly anyway). Today, I went shopping at the mall with my wife for a couple of hours, after which we ate lunch at a nice restaurant. Later in the afternoon, my wife and I met some friends for coffee at a local coffee house. We sat and talked for a couple of hours, and had a nice time. During the conversation, we started talking about a beach resort that we wanted to visit. Well, the conversation about that got us going, and we made plans to visit the resort for some relaxtion and good times with friends. So, I know what I’ll do for at least part of the day tomorrow. Funny thing is that I’ve been so busy lately that I decided that I needed to spend one day this weekend just resting. Looks like that will have to wait!
So, no… I am not bored! I am busier than ever!