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Old 07-16-2014, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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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.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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OP, you raise an interesting question. I presume you mean "completely stopped working" for pay. People with volunteer jobs may (depending on the nature of those jobs) still adhere to a schedule of certain days a week and certain hours of the day, even if it's only one day a week for a few hours. So a volunteer job can still sort of "feel" like a job even though it's very easy to quit one and the quitting involves no financial consequences.

After I retired from a full-time career job at age 61 nine years ago, I continued working two occasional jobs which had been moonlighting jobs plus some occasional special projects at my former employer. One by one, over a period of years, I gave up all of those paying jobs except one: I still work for five weeks each summer (for pay) doing something I find very, very enjoyable - namely teaching chess in an enrichment summer school to third through eighth graders.

So at age 70, I'm still at it, not "really" (i.e., not "completely") retired. I wouldn't have it any other way.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I was forced onto pension due to my employers High-Year-Tenure policy when I was 42.

We returned stateside and my Dw got a job. I stayed home and played 'Mister-mom' to 5 children. Then we made one further move out into a rural forest location, where I have built a house / farm. I now focus a lot on self-sufficiency, our surplus provides a small farm income.

I volunteered as a bartender at my VFW for a few months, and I did contract work stocking-shelves in a grocery store for 8 months.

I am 55 now.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:51 AM
 
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Wife and I both 59 and never considered working again.
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Old 07-17-2014, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I retired from my real job at age 47. I fell of the wagon twice, I went work for the US government for 4 years and the I worked for a private company for another few years. But now I have been 100% retired since 2009 at age 56. When I say 100% retired I mean that my daily schedule is mine, no one tells me what to do, other then occasional doctors appointments, I never have to be some where. I would not want it any other way.

One thing that I discovered is that is takes about 2 years in 100% retirement to get comfortable. You will not fully enjoy retirement until that point.
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Old 07-17-2014, 08:09 AM
 
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Don't tell my employer this, but when I was 68 two years ago...
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Old 07-17-2014, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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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.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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One thing that I discovered is that is takes about 2 years in 100% retirement to get comfortable. You will not fully enjoy retirement until that point.
I completely disagree. Took less than a week to get comfortable when I retired at 52.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:36 AM
 
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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.
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:02 AM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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60.
Have no inclination to ever work again.
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