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Old 04-02-2015, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Wayward Pines,ID
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Richdown, similar situation. Retired at 50 from engineering profession. I know what you mean about vacations. It used to be a big release and great to go somewhere. Now, we don't have that same drive to go. As far as social activities, we moved 1300 miles and did not know a soul. Joined 2 clubs and now we have more activities than we know what to do with.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Human beings are social animals.

When I was "retired" too early I mostly missed working with very smart people and being part of a team solving interesting problems. I felt worthless; my skills were not being used.

You need to have a reason to get up in the morning. You need to contribute.

If I were you I'd go back as a contractor.

I did that. They liked my results so much that they later hired me back full time with benefits.

Retirement is no fun if you end up alone on a couch. You really have to have something to do and you need a large social group where you both give and receive.
Somewhat disagree with this posting. Not all human beings like large groups of people in their life and might find themselves doing just fine with a few people or doing things solo. Keeping busy -- totally agree. Can't just sit around. But as you get older it gets harder to make friends.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:56 PM
 
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Human beings are social animals.

When I was "retired" too early I mostly missed working with very smart people and being part of a team solving interesting problems. I felt worthless; my skills were not being used.

You need to have a reason to get up in the morning. You need to contribute.
Volunteer at a local charity and you will find a lot of really smart people.

Where I volunteer, I work with two doctors, two psychologists, an engineer, a former director of financial planning at Exxon, several teachers, and the like.

I have to say that is more intellectually stimulating than my work environment.
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Old 04-03-2015, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Volunteer at a local charity and you will find a lot of really smart people.

Where I volunteer, I work with two doctors, two psychologists, an engineer, a former director of financial planning at Exxon, several teachers, and the like.

I have to say that is more intellectually stimulating than my work environment.
Yes. That's because accomplished people intuitively know that they need to continue to contribute.

It's not about the money.
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Old 04-04-2015, 02:33 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Human beings are social animals.

When I was "retired" too early I mostly missed working with very smart people and being part of a team solving interesting problems. I felt worthless; my skills were not being used.

You need to have a reason to get up in the morning. You need to contribute.

..........................

Retirement is no fun if you end up alone on a couch. You really have to have something to do and you need a large social group where you both give and receive.
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Volunteer at a local charity and you will find a lot of really smart people.

Where I volunteer, I work with two doctors, two psychologists, an engineer, a former director of financial planning at Exxon, several teachers, and the like.

I have to say that is more intellectually stimulating than my work environment.
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Yes. That's because accomplished people intuitively know that they need to continue to contribute.

It's not about the money.
I agree with the sentiments expressed above. This subject comes up over and over in the Retirement Forum - it is one of the primary themes of retirement, and I have posted repeatedly along the lines of the posts which I quoted here. Interestingly enough, a few people have taken serious offense, the people for whom "smelling the flowers" is enough (or so they claim).

Therefore I would modify the sentence which I took the liberty of bolding as follows:

"Most people need to have a reason to get up in the morning."
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