The best days in my life occurred in the summer of 2004, rather late, isn't it? I was 41 at that time. I had just taken my well-deserved retirement from military service, enjoyed the pleasant retirement party with fellow officers and selected NCOs, and was looking forward to an uncertain future of complete freedom to choose what I would do. As I've said, completely new to me. I have had no time between high school and college, or high school and military (virtually none, that is), so until that date, my life had been a steady procession of professional events. No moments of uncertainity, it was always clear what I had to do next. I packed my boxes at the BOQ and headed out. My first thing was to rent a furnished stone farmhouse near Falls Church, mostly because I had been there once before and liked it. It took me a few days to get settled, then boredom struck. Getting my paperwork in order and establishing my status as a civilian was an easier transition than I had thought. Of course, if you are making the military - civilian transition in life, nobody can force you not to keep some of the traditions and habits you adopted in your military time, so it's much easier to go that way than making a civilian - military transition. It didn't take long until boredom hit me again. Having all day to pursue your favorite activities isn't too healthy. So next, I started a big travel. I didn't pack much, but travelled to all the places that I ever wanted. I kept the lease for the house, but I travelled from one spot to the other, stayed until it became boring again, then kept on moving. In the end, I had been to a number of places in Europe: France, Spain, Cyprus. A number of places in Africa too: South Africa, Namibia, the Canaries (geographically Africa), Egypt. Asia and Australia too, and in the end I added a few days in Brazil. Altogether nine months of freedom to move, enjoying my life and looking at all the places that had interested me so far. After my return, I was pretty sure that this wasn't my style of life. At least nothing that I could do all the time - just living for the moment. In other words, my mind had been corrected by then, I had learned my share. Today, I like thinking that this was one of the best things I had done, and certainly those had been the best days of my life so far (therefor, the thread title). I still suggest anyone who makes a drastic transition in life to take his time off and then make a decision. If one is stuck in a routine as I had been after my 20 years of military service, one is so absorbed in that world that the measures adopted can not be used to make decisions in the other world, or one ends up deciding for and against the wrong things. What have the best days of your life been? Anyone feels like making use of his five minutes of fame?