It’s A Mini Kind of Thing

Michelle A Moment of Whimsy, Artistic Inspiration, My Bijou Life , , , , , , ,

In September, my husband and I will have officially been retired for one year. We were fortunate enough to retire earlier than we’d planned due to some positive financial events. And although neither of us despised our jobs, my husband got to noticing that he had friends and acquaintances his age that were suddenly getting very sick or dying. Whether you want it to or not, this begs the question: how much time do I have left? We decided retirement was in order.

While of course, one immediately appreciates not having to live by an alarm clock, and having lots more time for pleasurable pursuits, there are less obvious changes too. I started examining my boundaries – boundaries created in order to fit the definition of “responsible adult.” While I’ve never been one who concerned herself overly much about what other people think, I find that there are things I am willing to undertake now that “responsible adult” me might not have been too keen on.

I also have to give credit to my husband of three years for being a good influence. He is really laid back. And while his former career as an airline pilot was a very responsible position, I’m not sure “responsible adult” was ever something that plagued him when he was off the clock. This is not to say he is irresponsible in any way. It is more that he has a better grasp of what is actually necessary and meaningful.

So whereas “responsible adult” me might have hesitated, retired me is able to channel her inner child and jump in with both feet, decorating our car with flower and peace sign decals.

Decorated Mini Cooper S

Or more accurately, channel my inner hippie.

Decorated Mini Cooper S

Since the Mini Cooper was originally a British design (Mini is currently owned by BMW), we added references to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Dr. Who in addition to our flowers and peace signs.

Decorated Mini Cooper S

The blue wheels and British flag mirror caps is where we started.

Decorated Mini Cooper S

I love the whimsy of it! I smile every time I see the car.

I also notice my taste in clothes is changing too, but that’s a post for another day….

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18 Comments

  1. LOL I love it !! that car is just so cute and I bet you might get some looks when you hop out people see it is not a 18 year old driving that car! I can totally understand about retiring – you have to look ahead and when you are 55 or 60 (or whatever) say to yourself do you want to keep doing this until your 70 or do you want to have fun now – do you have the money – do I need to keep on with this drudgery –

  2. I loved reading this, you had me grinning all the way through. The first car I can remember my parents when I was a small child, was a bright red mini, back in its original guise in the 1970’s. #thatfridaylinky

    1. How cool! I’m learning that there’s a whole cult around Mini. We are going to a Mini meetup in Colorado next month.

    1. Thanks so much! Relinquishing my responsible adult status is an ongoing project, but I’m making great strides!

  3. Good for you for retiring early! Life is too short, we need to enjoy it while we can. My hubby just joined me in retirement in January and we are loving it! The mini is so cool! It has the same mojo as a VW bug I had with flowers on it over 40 years ago!

    1. Thanks so much! Yes, I always thought the decorated VWs were so cute. My husband did too! I agree, life is too short. Glad you and your hubby are retired and loving it too!

  4. Michelle – we share “early retirement” and laid back husbands. An unbeatable combination, in my opinion! Love your Mini, especially because my hubby is a Brit! If I thought a Mini could handle all the road conditions that Montana would throw at it, I might go for it instead of my honking big Toyota 4Runner! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday and Happy Fourth! P.S. And welcome back!

  5. What a beautiful car. I have always wanted a Mini! Thanks for sharing at Welcome To The #Weekendbloghop last week. I hope you can join us at all the blog hops that are still open this month 🙂

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