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Old 12-22-2015, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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So I plan to retire mañana still in my 50's but I am wondering if I will miss working. Making social connections not through work? Do people value you less if you don't work? What has been others experience?


For context, I've been working as a Consultant for an Engineering company and have worked all over the world and I don't know what a 40 hour work week is.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I was "retired" in my mid-50s and I found that I mostly missed the social environment of working with very smart people.

So I returned to work at age 61 and loved every minute.

Now at 66, I'm again retired but now I make an effort to stay connected. Luckily, most of my friends are now retired so we have frequent meetings.

I don't think people value you less if you don't work. But some get jealous.

I always thought it was ironic that those who want to retire can't afford it, but those that can afford it don't want to retire.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:12 AM
 
Location: AZ
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Miss working? Hold on a second while I laugh out loud.

There...I'm back after rolling on the floor. Now where was I? Oh yeah...miss working?

Uh oh...I feel another hysterical laughing fit coming on again. I'll have to get back to you later...
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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So I plan to retire mañana still in my 50's but I am wondering if I will miss working. Making social connections not through work? Do people value you less if you don't work? What has been others experience?


For context, I've been working as a Consultant for an Engineering company and have worked all over the world and I don't know what a 40 hour work week is.
Congratulations and happy new year/new life.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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I was "retired" in my mid-50s and I found that I mostly missed the social environment of working with very smart people.

So I returned to work at age 61 and loved every minute.

Now at 66, I'm again retired but now I make an effort to stay connected. Luckily, most of my friends are now retired so we have frequent meetings.

I don't think people value you less if you don't work. But some get jealous.

I always thought it was ironic that those who want to retire can't afford it, but those that can afford it don't want to retire.
Ha, pretty true...my VP makes I would guess between $500K-$600K/yr and he says he will never retire unless they force him to. His job is his life, does he need the money...nope. My brother is a millionaire in double digits and he also says, he will never retire and still works every minute he's breathing.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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Congratulations and happy new year/new life.
Thanks, I'm leaving without any reservations and look forward to the new adventure.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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Ask yourself a few questions. Do you miss work on your days off? When you take a vacation, do you miss work and can't wait to get back. Do you wake up early the first morning back to work, in giddy joy because you get to go back to work? Do you even go in early, you love your job so much? By now you should know the answer.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Miss working? Hold on a second while I laugh out loud.

There...I'm back after rolling on the floor. Now where was I? Oh yeah...miss working?

Uh oh...I feel another hysterical laughing fit coming on again. I'll have to get back to you later...
What is so hard to understand that not everybody shares your attitude about their jobs/careers? Lots of people miss working.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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Ask yourself a few questions. Do you miss work on your days off? When you take a vacation, do you miss work and can't wait to get back. Do you wake up early the first morning back to work, in giddy joy because you get to go back to work? Do you even go in early, you love your job so much? By now you should know the answer.
To be honest, no I don't miss work when I'm away although I miss some of the people and the paycheck sure is a wonderful benefit.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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To be honest, no I don't miss work when I'm away although I miss some of the people and the paycheck sure is a wonderful benefit.
I retired 11 days ago and don't miss work. I will probably miss some people and be glad to not have to deal with others. The paycheck is replaced with a pension and SS, so that's a wash.

Being free from having to do things and having to go somewhere is wonderful!
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