As my retirement date nears one of the most common questions I get is “Are you moving?” The answer is absolutely not!
It is true that we live in one of the highest cost areas of the country, and our retirement income and savings would stretch a lot further elsewhere, but there are many reasons we are staying put –
- We love living three blocks from the beach, seeing whales spouting and dolphins frolicking on our morning walks, and our gorgeous ocean sunsets.
- We love our home, yard, and neighbors.
- Our family and friends are scattered around North America and the world, and we love that they want to come visit us and that our proximity to LAX makes it convenient for them to do so.
- We love our Mediterranean climate and have no desire to move anywhere hotter, or colder.
- We love that pretty much everything we really need (restaurants, grocery stores, bank, shops) is in walking distance, or at most a very short drive away.
All of these things are nice, but the most important thing is that after moving 7 times over the course of our marriage, this is where we have put down roots.
We live in a home that my grandparents bought over 80 years ago. It’s not where I grew up, but I spent many happy vacations and holidays here, and it is a place of good memories for several generations of may family. For me, it represents home.
We’ve also established routines, found service providers that we like (doctors, dentist, tradespeople, garage…), learned which grocery stores have the best deals on which items, gotten to know the vendors at the Farmers’ Market and the morning walkers on the Esplanade, watched the trees we’ve planted grow, and most importantly, we’ve made friends. In short, this has become our community.
Simone Weil once wrote “To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.”
We are rooted here.