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Old 07-18-2014, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I consider "retirement" as when you don't HAVE to work anymore to pay the bills.
I'm retired and do teaching assignments (sub, tutor, etc) at local schools. I got my state teacher cert before I retired.
But any job I take is because I WANT to do it, not that I HAVE to do it for the money.
If you have to be some where on a daily basis, whether you want to or not, then you are not retired.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I completely disagree. Took less than a week to get comfortable when I retired at 52.
Hoe long have you been retired now?
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:25 PM
 
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44, 10 years ago. I piddled around taking classes thinking I might teach, but no. I was used to working independently and that is not possible at a school. I do want to be a professional student!
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Oceania
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I retired from the federal government this past January at the ripe relatively young age of 56. I took a couple of months off and then have gone back to work - on my terms , meaning I work for myself and put in whatever hours I want.

I'm guessing that I'll probably work about another 10 years and then completely stop working.

I'm just curious as to what age that others here completely stopped working.

Employment? 40

However, maintaining life and a house is a fulltime job.
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Retired in Malibu/La Quinta/Flagstaff
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I retired this year at age 62 after 40 years with the LAPD.
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Powell, Oh
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Repeat story: Retired with a pension from a university at 47, then became a stripper and worked until I was 57 and needed a spinal fusion and that was the end of that. So I stopped working for money at age 57. I couldn't imagine working a traditional job, even parttime now. It took about 18 months to adjust psychologically, to total, complete and boring retirement.
You were a stripper until the age of 57? You must really take care of yourself
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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That's a pretty good standard. I guess that I'm so used to folks asking what I'm going to do with myself now that I'm "retired" and collecting a pension. I tell them with a straight face that I'm going to join the Peace Corps.
Don't laugh, a coworker's mother started in the Peace Corp when she was 68 and ended her two year commitment just after her 70th birthday. She said it was the "most useful and productive" years of her life. That was quite a few years ago so I do not know their current age restrictions (if any).

However, the Peace Corp has a new, much easier initial application process and you should be able to fill out the forms in only an hour. So, maybe it really is something to consider.
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Old 07-18-2014, 05:40 PM
 
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Hoping to retire at 50, but my wife would want to work longer. Both of us are in IT... ...
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Old 07-18-2014, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Don't laugh, a coworker's mother started in the Peace Corp when she was 68 and ended her two year commitment just after her 70th birthday. She said it was the "most useful and productive" years of her life. That was quite a few years ago so I do not know their current age restrictions (if any).

However, the Peace Corp has a new, much easier initial application process and you should be able to fill out the forms in only an hour. So, maybe it really is something to consider.
Certainly no disrespect intended, but I retired from a job that required lots of travel and I told my friends and relatives how nice it was to be home.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Delray Beach
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I retired a year BEFORE I got laid off from JPMChase in Dec 2006.
I requested separation a year earlier so it was all good.
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