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Old 01-05-2016, 01:37 PM
 
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I've noticed that people use the term "retired" to apply to all kinds of situations: drawing a pension, disabled, chronically unemployed and not looking, trust fund baby, etc.
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Old 01-05-2016, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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I've noticed that people use the term "retired" to apply to all kinds of situations: drawing a pension, disabled, chronically unemployed and not looking, trust fund baby, etc.
So am I retired? I am not disabled, do not draw a pension, am not a trust fund baby, am not chronically unemployed...what defines retirement? Maybe it's a state of mind?
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Old 01-05-2016, 01:50 PM
 
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Um, maybe... But you have to live on something!
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Old 01-05-2016, 01:59 PM
 
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Um, maybe... But you have to live on something!
Dh is still in the work force - in a job he loves, if that makes a difference. When he leaves, we will have an income.
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Old 01-05-2016, 02:01 PM
 
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Okay... I believe "retired" implies that you once worked and now you don't (for whatever reason)... To me, it also implies having worked long enough to earn some sort of related subsistence once you stop, but anyway...
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Old 01-05-2016, 02:06 PM
 
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Okay... I believe "retired" implies that you once worked and now you don't (for whatever reason)... To me, it also implies having worked long enough to earn some sort of related subsistence once you stop, but anyway...
That makes sense. So since I worked enough to qualify for social security, then I am retired.
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Old 01-05-2016, 02:58 PM
 
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I will be eligible to retire this year, not mandatory though, and I am contemplating it. I will almost be able to match my current lifestyle but may have to cutback a bit. So in essence, the money issue is not a problem.

My quandary is "what the hell do I do all day"? I play golf, but can only play a few times a week before my back gives me problems. I like to fish but would be bored if I fished everyday. I like hiking alone, but the solitude after a while becomes downright lonely. I have a few other hobbies that are frivolous in nature that I enjoy but worry that they would also lose their luster.

Don't get me wrong, I love my wife and family and they love me and the idea of spending more time with them is appealing but too much and I think I may end up driving them crazy.

I have been thinking about some volunteer work but can not think of a cause that would get me excited enough to donate my valuable time. Does anybody do any volunteer work that they enjoy?

I have been thinking about starting some kind of business venture that is far removed from what I do now. This sounds good to me. I like having a purpose and making things happen. Only problem with that is after over 25 years as civil servant my skills are limited to cutting the lawn and cleaning the pool. Is San Diego in need of another pool guy or landscaper (rhetorical)?

I think retirement will provide me with a new found freedom but I also worry that it is a countdown to death.

So in short:

What the hell do I do all day?
Does anybody do any volunteer work?
Has anybody started a business?
I consider 50 year old's who don't work unemployed not retired. I guess anyone under 62 is just unemployed not retired.
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Old 01-05-2016, 03:06 PM
 
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I consider 50 year old's who don't work unemployed not retired. I guess anyone under 62 is just unemployed not retired.
But unemployed, by definition, is "a person without a paid job, but available to work" (google definition). I am not available to work. As are others under the age of 62 who opt to not work.

What makes age 62 the magic age for retirement anyway?
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Old 01-05-2016, 03:10 PM
 
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It's when you CAN draw SS (not that you should).


I'd consider "retired" formerly in the workforce, long enough to now be drawing an income from that, but not planning to re-enter the workforce (regardless of age; some pension systems use a formula combining age and years of service).
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Old 01-05-2016, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I will be eligible to retire this year, not mandatory though, and I am contemplating it. I will almost be able to match my current lifestyle but may have to cutback a bit. So in essence, the money issue is not a problem.

My quandary is "what the hell do I do all day"? I play golf, but can only play a few times a week before my back gives me problems. I like to fish but would be bored if I fished everyday. I like hiking alone, but the solitude after a while becomes downright lonely. I have a few other hobbies that are frivolous in nature that I enjoy but worry that they would also lose their luster.

Don't get me wrong, I love my wife and family and they love me and the idea of spending more time with them is appealing but too much and I think I may end up driving them crazy.

I have been thinking about some volunteer work but can not think of a cause that would get me excited enough to donate my valuable time. Does anybody do any volunteer work that they enjoy?

I have been thinking about starting some kind of business venture that is far removed from what I do now. This sounds good to me. I like having a purpose and making things happen. Only problem with that is after over 25 years as civil servant my skills are limited to cutting the lawn and cleaning the pool. Is San Diego in need of another pool guy or landscaper (rhetorical)?

I think retirement will provide me with a new found freedom but I also worry that it is a countdown to death.

So in short:

What the hell do I do all day?
Does anybody do any volunteer work?
Has anybody started a business?
If fishing every day strikes you as boring, I think you are doing it wrong. If you can afford the occasional deep sea safari, that ought to put paid to boredom. If not, maybe you can get on with the French Foreign Legion - if you get bored deep sea fishing, you are easy to bore.

Beyond that, as a retired LEO, you could make U-Tube videos of crime prevention techniques in your area of expertise. Or even become a Private Investigator, maybe, depending on what your actual experience and desires are. You say you want to get away from that field, and maybe you really do, or maybe you just want to get away from certain specific people or activities that rub your fur the wrong way.

All of life is a countdown to death, really, not much can be done about it.
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