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Old 03-28-2016, 07:54 PM
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I imagine the list changes as one travels the path. Right now, with only two months behind me as a retiree, I would value most:
Peace of mind
Continuing health and restful sleep
Finding the right city and house for our upcoming exodus from a big, stressful city
Living a quiet life of simple pleasures
Rediscovering my creative nature
Making some new good friends
Learning new things
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:14 PM
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1. Focus more on people. Relationships, family, friends. I haven't done that in much of my life.

2. Focus on health. Health health health. Like an old tv commercials said, "When you've got your health, you've got just about everything."

3. Focus on dogs and other animals. I love animals.

4. Focus on my home. I love a home and care a lot about its decor, its ambience, its amenities, its comfort. Home is where the heart is, to me.

5. Focus on hobbies I'm thinking about (gardening, writing, dog rescue, decorating on a budget). To the extent finances allow.

6. Thank goodness I don't like to travel, since that's expensive. I can't afford much in the way of a pricey lifestyle.

7. Like the OP, an occasional splurge on something I want to do. A play or musical, a symphony.
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Old 03-29-2016, 06:14 AM
Location: The Carolinas
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I was never a huge fan of the late ex-Beatle John Lennon, but I do now find the lyrics to his "Watching the Wheels" song to be pretty much dead-on.

If you don't want to follow the link, here's a particularly insightful lyric:

People say I'm lazy, dreaming my life away
Well, they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me
When I tell them that I'm doing fine watching shadows on the wall
"Don't you miss the big time, boy. You're no longer on the ball"

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go

Oh, and EscortRider, just a thought for your thought:
That is my motto: "Some work of noble note may yet be done." Yes, I think you and I are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Nothing wrong with that, of course.

As far as being on opposite ends of the spectrum, I don't think the poster was indicating that retirement is not a time to stop doing "work of noble note", it's just that now WE get to decide what that is--not an employer.
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Old 03-29-2016, 10:20 AM
Location: Chicago area
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I think what really matters to me is being physically fit because without that I could not be as active as I am now. I've never felt this good physically nor had as much stamina as I have now since I was in my 20's.

Nothing is as important as a healthy mind and body. The rest falls in place if your body can keep up with your imagination.
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Old 03-29-2016, 11:09 AM
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From my position here two years from retirement, with my retirement location all picked out...
Health, mental and physical but especially mental, along with ability to drive.
Low humidity in a beautiful place (SW Colorado)
Some meaningful activity where I can meet new friends
Enough money to live quietly and adopt senior/hospice dogs

A faint hope of finding romantic companionship. I know, unlikely, but I can't seem to kick the idea.

I've lived most of my adult life in a major metro area, with all of the amenities thereof and don't think I'll miss the arts as I've been there/done that all along. I think I'll miss the restaurant options, although I associate them with friends/conversation, so hope for friends/conversation.

I want a horse life as long as I'm healthy enough and seem to have found a way to have it meaningful- assisting in therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities. I'm getting certified for one area while I'm still working and will be able to be useful in the new place's program.

I am thankful for the internet, to be able to stay in touch with distant people (as I already do) and read read read and be informed.
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Old 03-29-2016, 11:42 AM
Location: Prescott AZ
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Tried to rep you BDL but the force wouldn't let me. Great ideas and well thought out. Two years is just around the corner. Bet you will love it.
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Old 03-29-2016, 06:38 PM
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Having enough money I don't obsess about it.
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