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Old 08-03-2017, 02:07 PM
 
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I don't miss working. On the contrary, I have many days when I think, "I'm glad I'm out."
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Old 08-03-2017, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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I've been retired for two months and have not missed work one single second. In fact, I have nightmares that I am not retired and have to go back to work!
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Old 08-04-2017, 06:19 AM
 
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Although I've BEEN in the position of hating my job and working life so much I'd have gnawed my right arm off to get out of there, I quit those jobs and found a job and workplace I like, so I'm not there now although my retirement is also approaching, so I totally understand your apprehension at the prospect. It CAN be anxiety-inducing if you're not in the position of seeing any alternative to that life as an improvement. Unfortunately, so many people ARE absolutely miserable in their working lives that it's hard to find anyone to commiserate with that downside of retirement. But for what it's worth, I feel ya...
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Old 08-05-2017, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Cherished work mates? Do that many people actually like their coworkers?

If I were to retire tomorrow, I wouldn't miss any of my coworkers. I'd be thrilled to not have to deal with them anymore.
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I actually do miss them. While working together, we developed deep respect for each other. As they too retire, we keep in touch.

Perhaps it is because we have so much in common. We are all well educated engineers who share common problems and we're good at working those out. The too common generalization that engineers are all self-absorbed loners is just wrong.

I still meet regularly with them for coffee, lunch or beers. I guess I'm just a lucky guy.
I'm with you, Vision67. I never had it so good as the time I spent in the Air National Guard. They really were the greatest bunch of people to work with. Every week there is a retiree lunch get together for the flyers and those who maintained our aircraft. And once a month there is a retiree dinner with the people who served all over the base. Sadly, our base was closed in 2011 and everyone was moved to the nearby Air Force base. And in the past year our C-130 fleet was disbursed to other units or the boneyard. But our lunches and dinners will go on for the foreseeable future.
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Old 08-05-2017, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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One insight that I've attained by reading posts on C-D is that most people apparently either just tolerate or actually hate their jobs.

I can't imagine doing something that I hated doing for 40 years just to earn a paycheck.

Perhaps that explains the high levels of anger that some people seem to retain.
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Old 08-05-2017, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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Well to update, I "retired" for 5 months and then went back to work as a Consultant for 15 months and "retire" again in 4 weeks....hopefully this tine for good.

I decided to go back to work to provide money for son's business and the finance house for daughter....don't regret it.
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Old 08-05-2017, 06:34 PM
 
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One insight that I've attained by reading posts on C-D is that most people apparently either just tolerate or actually hate their jobs.

I can't imagine doing something that I hated doing for 40 years just to earn a paycheck.

Perhaps that explains the high levels of anger that some people seem to retain.
I just wanted to mention that even though I have not missed work for even a second, that does not mean that I hated, disliked, or just tolerated my work.

I enjoyed the intellectual challenge of my work, seeking knowledge, research. And the satisfaction of completing useful tasks.

Just because one enjoys retirement and was glad to stop working, it does not automatically equate to having disliked one's work.

Sometimes too, it is the management or some co-workers who made working not as pleasant as it could be. And sometimes the changes in one's profession.
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Old 08-08-2017, 02:49 PM
 
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One insight that I've attained by reading posts on C-D is that most people apparently either just tolerate or actually hate their jobs.

I can't imagine doing something that I hated doing for 40 years just to earn a paycheck.

Perhaps that explains the high levels of anger that some people seem to retain.
Agree; I think it's sad that so many are just barely hanging on until they can retire or the weekend arrives; what a way to go through life! I've been advised to enjoy life by retiring early. I can enjoy life just fine during my time off while I'm still working and don't feel like killing myself every minute I'm at work, either. Maybe some need to make better use of their downtime during their off-hours.

Or maybe it's become unfashionable to be content on the job or something because the discontent seems disproportionate.
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