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Old 08-22-2011, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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I fell into semi-retirement by accident and I love it. Having worked long enough in my career (34 years) to live comfortably on my pension, I hadn't planned to work part-time after retiring at age 61, as I had hobbies and outside interests. But I was asked back to do some special projects - five weeks was the longest one. I accepted those I wanted and I felt more appreciated than I had felt during most of my career; it was very fulfilling, but I still had lots of time off between projects. Some of them were not easy, but I knew the stress and the getting up at 4:30 a.m. would be over soon. Now, at age 67, I have "retired" again from most of the projects; the hassles had grown and key people I liked had left.

I feel extraordinarily fortunate, as I know many people were retired prematurely against their will because of the poor job market; for some of them part-time, low-wage work is a necessary drudgery faute de mieux. Others, who may not need the money, have chosen part-time work to fill the time; not everyone had outside interests to embrace gratefully after leaving full-time work. And still others are ecstatic to leave the workplace behind forever and they haven't looked back.

Your thoughts? Your experiences?
Wow! With a few small changes this could be my story. I also retired after 34 years of working - 32 with the same employer - and left at age 55 with a pension that won't make me rich but is enough to live on. I enjoyed being retired but after just over a year my previous employer finally lured me back with one of those "offers you can't refuse". I figured what the hey...I'll try it and if it doesn't work out I'll quit.

Well it's working out fine. I have just signed a contract for another year and with a small pay increase to boot. I usually work from home and my hours are whatever I choose to work. I generally aim for 20 to 24 hours a week and I have the right to refuse projects that I prefer to not be involved with. The work that I'm doing is interesting and for the most part is stress-free, as I am not responsible for anyone else but myself. The money is not bad and has allowed me travel and make purchases that I otherwise probably couldn't afford to do. And co-workers go out of their way to express appreciation for my contributions much more than they ever did when I worked there full time.

I had hoped to relocate to another state after retirement, but that plan is on hold until my "significant other" is able to retire in about 5 years. In the meantime, this is working out fine.
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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and your point is... what?
or are you suggesting that these retired executives you know actually need the money from that acre of vegetables to live off of?
No, how did you interpret it that way? I don't get your point.
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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No, how did you interpret it that way? I don't get your point.
Your comment would have been fine as a stand alone.

But you chose to quote me for some reason...
and then did so highlighting the portion of my comment that DIDN'T largely agree with your point.

It all seemed rather odd.
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Old 08-22-2011, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Your comment would have been fine as a stand alone.

But you chose to quote me for some reason...
and then did so highlighting the portion of my comment that DIDN'T largely agree with your point.

It all seemed rather odd.
I was simply pointing out that there many retirees who are capable and interested in physical as well as cerebral income activity after retirement. Of course cerebral, but also physical even until an advanced age and even with some impairments. One of the guys I quoted as doing small scale farming is in a wheelchair part of the time, for example.
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