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Old 01-30-2008, 08:40 PM
 
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Will you will work F/T to age 66 or that is too long. I am scared to work to F/T to age 66 because life is a crap shoot.

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Old 01-31-2008, 12:03 AM
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Will you will work F/T to age 66 or that is too long. I am scared to work to F/T to age 66 because life is a crap shoot.
This probably will not adequately address your philosophical dilemma, but
yes, I will work F/T to age 66, and yes that is too long.
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Old 01-31-2008, 05:45 AM
 
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If you dont want to work, you need to prepare for supporting yourself thru something else. We have saved and invested for over 25 years to be able to retire early. But, if I get the right job here, I will stay for longer because the group is an excellent one to work with and for and I would actually enjoy going to work for them. Otherwise, I am out the door on 1/6/2009.
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Old 01-31-2008, 06:38 AM
 
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Lucky you.
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Old 01-31-2008, 06:53 AM
 
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It all depends on money,and some of that depends on how much I feel is enough to either go part-time or retire fully. Also there's the issue of health insurance, another financial matter.
If it were just about age, I'd have retired (and left smoke running out the door) years and years ago.
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:48 AM
 
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Because I can and have made wise choices in my personal finances, 66 is much too old. I plan on retiring at 55.3. If I weren't in a good financial situation, then my answer would be different.
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Old 02-01-2008, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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My husband loves what he does, so I see us shuffling off to an office in walkers. At 66, he has just reached his prime.
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:57 PM
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My husband loves what he does, so I see us shuffling off to an office in walkers. At 66, he has just reached his prime.
Thank you for cheering me up. I have adjusted my attitude that in another five years I will be in my prime.
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Old 02-01-2008, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Oz
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I'm 45. I could retire probably at 50 if I chose to do so. At this point I'm not planning on it though. I'll probably work my whole life, but after 50ish it will likely be just self-employment.
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Old 02-02-2008, 07:13 AM
 
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I wasn't sure how long I would keep working, but assumed it would be until my mid 60's. Life had other plans in store for me. The last six months before I retired, I had an increasingly hard time doing my job. I thought about handing over the reins for more than a year, but there always seemed to be a reason to stick around.

Finally, last month, I fell on the ice and had a difficult time recovering. My eyesight started to give me some trouble, and then I endured a very difficult family holiday trip and realized I needed to deal with some grief issues that I had been "putting off for another day."

After we got back from the trip, we had a family meeting and it was suggested to me that the time had come. We have a family business, so this was also a company decision. It seemed a little abrupt, but was done lovingly. I adjusted to the idea within a few hours--it was, in fact, a relief.

62 is old, my friends. In some ways it feels young, and I still do a lot of activities. But when I want to, if I want to, and at my own pace!

Even just a few years ago, I would not have been able to predict how it feels to have your body start to wear down. I could not have predicted how much I really like not having a schedule anymore, how much I value peace and quiet now. It's like asking a 12 year old to predict how it will feel to be 17. She can guess some of it, but a 12 year old really has no idea how it feels to be a teenager.
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