Certainly it's a good thing that we're getting more business lately. On the other hand, it keeps me sitting at my laptop working most of the day.
I'm not getting much riding in aside from running errands, making appointments, and heading out to the bar.
We have website projects to work on, social media accounts to manage, and articles we're being hired to write. We're even being paid to develop PowerPoint presentations for a local health care consultant. And kudos to Sash for putting in all the work to market our business and build relationships.
And I'm not really complaining either. This is the life we set out to create for ourselves, so that we wouldn't have to work for someone else, or make a long commute. I wanted this so that I could set my own hours and set my own price.
But this lifestyle of not having a permanent residence, and traveling across America on motorcycles, is not a vacation by any stretch. Sash and I work everyday, sometimes morning to midnight. If anything, I'm doing the kind of work where I can be myself and make good money at it. For Sash it's the same way, she gets to be social and earn business from it.
The other day, she and I talked about retirement.
For a man, retirement means being confined to a bed and having to push a button to get a Filipino lady to help us pass gas. For a woman, retirement means having a secure source of income.
"I used to think owning a house was my retirement plan", Sash said. "Now, I don't want to own anything."
It's funny how in 10 years time, your life is completely unexpected. It only goes to show that you can't predict the future. 10 years ago, I was in another marriage, believing I would be in that marriage forever. Never would I have thought that I'd go through a divorce, find another woman who wants to ride motorcycles together across the country, and live like vagabonds.
Which only makes me wonder what my life will look like 10 years from now.
As far as retirement income is concerned, it seems no use in trying to build a nest egg if I can't count on the future. I mean, putting money into an IRA or 401K seems like a pretty big risk to me. If I should die in the next few years, then all that money I saved will go to someone else, and what good does that do me?
So, I'm happy that we're getting a lot of work right now. With my 50s right around the corner, I can still tickle the keyboard, crank out some finished product, and feel like I'll always have an income right up to the day I "retire".
I suppose it's good that we don't have a permanent residence and just ride from place to place, because otherwise, I'd probably just keep working this keyboard all day long.