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Old 01-28-2016, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Enjoy it as much as you can, my metal knees don't creak, but the rest of my bones do. I retired 19 years ago and haven't missed working yet.
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Old 01-28-2016, 07:35 PM
 
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..for loving being a senior in bloom?

I've never been happier...just learning new things, feeling balanced and confident and enjoying life--volunteering with the library, doing yoga, enjoying time with DH and friends, riding my bike, writing, and just generally having an all-around good time.

When I was a kid and had to listen to adults in school and at home, I dreamed of a time when I was an adult and could do everything I wanted to do--stay up late reading, get up late, eat what I wanted, wear what I wanted...and here I am, doing all those things.

All I have to do is die (eventually) and pay taxes.

Just feel so very fortunate. Willing to pay the creaky knee price to have this joy and freedom.

How about you?

Enjoying yourself, too??

PS..did I spell weird wrong?
I'm enjoying every day of my 51 years, not waiting for retirement. I'm glad you are catching up.
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Old 01-28-2016, 07:35 PM
 
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I don't think I've ever heard anyone say after they were retired. "I really wished I could have worked another couple years".
Enjoy life. Nobody gets out of here alive....
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I don't think I've ever heard anyone say after they were retired. "I really wished I could have worked another couple years".
Enjoy life. Nobody gets out of here alive....
Over the years here in this Retirement Forum, a number of posters have written exactly that. They wrote that they retired, but were bored, or absolutely missed being relevant to others, or other things of that nature, and that they went back to work! It is certainly not universal that life becomes more enjoyable after retirement. although mine did. But life can also be enjoyable, tremendously enjoyable, while one is still working full-time. The notion that one needs to retire to enjoy life is such a profoundly depressing one, as it implies that such enjoyment is missing for some four decades!

Poster BusyMeAK makes such an important point in that regard in post #33.

I forget which poster wrote, perhaps some months ago, that she was happy working and is also happy retired. Sort of like one can be happy single, and then happy married. Or happy living in an apartment and then happy in one's own home. One thing does not preclude the other.
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Old 01-28-2016, 10:00 PM
 
Location: At the Lake (in Texas)
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PS..did I spell weird wrong?

You spelled it correctly. I am planning to retire in 2 years or less, and I cannot wait to enjoy the same things -- by the grace of God, I will have a house on the lake that will be paid for, with just enough land to learn how to grow my own vegetables, herbs, to have a little dog(s) again, and to be involved in so many things I have yet to experience, i.e. yoga, ball room dancing, volunteering, hosting book clubs, etc. etc. etc.


I am looking forward to enjoying my "late blooming" days too!


Congratulations on living your dream! Keep it up and may you live to a healthy 100 -- I'm praying that for me as well!
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Old 01-28-2016, 10:45 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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You spelled weird correctly, but there's an extra letter in extremely. Sorry, I can't help myself. I'm the spelling police.

I don't think you are the least bit weird because I love being retired and being exactly the age I am. As you say, there's a peace of mind that comes with maturity, and retirement is just like recess except the bell never rings. I am having the time of my life. Maybe in 10 years I'll start falling apart, but I'll deal with that when the time comes. For now...whoopee!
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Old 01-28-2016, 10:54 PM
 
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Maybe in 10 years I'll start falling apart, but I'll deal with that when the time comes. For now...whoopee!
To mangle a popular quote from a popular movie, I'd rather have a few years of something wonderful than another lifetime of being young and working for a living.
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Old 01-31-2016, 01:35 AM
 
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But life can also be enjoyable, tremendously enjoyable, while one is still working full-time. The notion that one needs to retire to enjoy life is such a profoundly depressing one, as it implies that such enjoyment is missing for some four decades!
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Totally agree, but I would substitute "can" with "should" - it's such a waste of one's life, to wait 40+ years for happiness and freedom. I understand that it's difficult sometimes, to be able to enjoy life, but it's mostly because of bad financial planning, and fear of the future. I think, people should feel an obligation to themselves to live happily through the entire life, not just last part of it (that sometimes, and, unfortunately, quite often, is burdened with illnesses and overall tiredness). It's a hard work sometimes, but it's worth it.
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