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Old 04-24-2014, 11:53 AM
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Who Is Your Retirement Role Model? - WSJ.com

Here is a different article for you all.

Several WSJ contributers were asked

Sometimes, emulating those who have come before can lead to a happy retirement. With this in mind, we asked The Experts: What role model—famous or not—do you have for the way you'd like to live in retirement?

Here are their short answers:
WILLIAM REICHENSTEIN - Scott Burns amd Peter Bernstein
MARC AGRONIN - Walter Cronkite
BUD HEBELER - a friend
NATALIE CAINE - a woman she met on a hiking trail
ED SLOTT - his dad
MARC FREEDMAN - John W Gardner

I won't go into their explanations. That is for you to read. I just thought the list insightful and interesting.

For me my maternal grandmother is my retirement role model. Well that might not make sense to a lot of you when I tell you that she never had a job outside of the house. I grew up with her in the house living on spousal SS and taking care of a disabled child (my aunt). She would putter around the house all day doing this and that. then sit and read or in the later years watch television. She didnt worry about anything. She just kept going along doing her thing. She was the sweetest person and I have missed her these last 30 years.
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Old 04-24-2014, 12:58 PM
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May not play out in the long run but at this moment my role model is a friend who retired just a few months ago, about five months after me. The reason? She and her husband had done the downsizing years ago, had sold their big house and had moved into a condo. Since January she's been on a cruise, two trips out west to their second home, skiing, and also to the beach. I'll admit I've squeezed a trip and a cruise in so far, but will be happier once the downsizing and house sale is done.
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Old 04-24-2014, 01:49 PM
Location: it depends
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OK, so this is tough for me. I've known for most of my working career how I could keep five of me busy. (In other words, there have been far more opportunities than time, in my view.) Now as I approach retirement age, I still wish there were five of me.

Two of my heroes worked at businesses they had built and loved, moderately paced of course, into their 90's. Another spends vast amount of time on his bicycle, multiple "across state" rides each year plus a self-designed long trek from time to time. Another snowbirds, avidly pursuing an active life north and south, in season.

I guess I'll end up putting all these things in the blender: working half-time, winters in the southern sun, active swimming/hiking/kayaking/fishing.
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