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Old 01-27-2016, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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OP, you are certainly not weird. There are many like you, who finally know what they want and what they like after much experience of life. Whether you and those like you are in the majority or in the minority I cannot say. Among the old there are also plenty of grumps and malcontents as well.

I think it's worth noting that you are actively engaged in life - you are not just sitting in front of the TV. Good for you.
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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I don't think you are weird, but I am definitely jealous. I'm not retired yet, but when I get there I doubt it will be all peaches and roses like yours, unfortunately.

Power to you, LittleDolphin! Hope it all continues!
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:46 PM
 
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I cannot imagine life without the significant stressors of my job life- the work itself and the hours. But I'm willing to find out!
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:49 PM
 
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Good for you LittleDolphin! I'm also retired, and feel extremely fortunate with my place in life. I LOVE MY FREEDOM!!!!
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Old 01-27-2016, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Come back 10 years from now and tell us how you feel.
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Old 01-28-2016, 01:11 AM
 
Location: RVA
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But what a great 10 years. Or 20. Or 2. No one knows. You can't turn back the clock. So pining for the past or living with regrets just ruins the now and future. For many, the planning and healthy living and saving and sacrifice actually do pay off in spades and then some. We just don't read about them here because they are too busy living. All I can say is YAY! And hope I'm one of those.
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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You know, I married a very bright lady -- she can spot things that I'd miss all day long! Just this week, we were planning on the orders for this year's chickens, turkeys and geese, which I raise for market. We had 325 birds last year, and are hoping for about 800 this year (yeah, we're retired...).

In short, I was wondering aloud how I'd ever gotten into this business, and why I liked it so well? She replied, "You love animals. Look at what you were doing when we first got married!". She was right, as usual...I was a show dog handler back before I had to do "real work" to support our family!

So I guess I'm happily doing what I love, too!
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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I'm with the OP all the way. I'm not retired yet but only about a year away. I already feel freer in my job. If they get mad and fire me, I'm fine financially. I'm only staying out of concern for our church and its members, not that I need every penny they pay me. I could get along on SS and my pension be fine.
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:27 AM
 
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Come back 10 years from now and tell us how you feel.
See... That's the thing. OP has learned how to live in the today and be grateful for what she has now. Screw ten years from now!

I too feel finally grown up. We've got no one but ourselves to hold us back. I'm sitting in my snowbird rental watching the waves tumble in on this cloudy Florida morning and finally its about me/us!
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:08 AM
 
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..for loving being a senior in bloom? ....
"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death." Auntie Mame

Considering your post and your profile, you are have clearly seen to it that you don't starve to death.
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