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View Poll Results: What stage of retirement are you in?
1. Pre-retirement - Planning Time 70 51.85%
2. The Big Day - Smiles, Handshakes, Farewells 2 1.48%
3. Honeymoon Phase - I'm Free! 16 11.85%
4. Disenchantment - So this is it? 4 2.96%
5. Reorientation - Building a New Identity 15 11.11%
6. Routine - Moving On 28 20.74%
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Old 09-30-2016, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I have never been disenchanted. I am loving the freedom of living where I want to live and doing what I want to do. It's the first bock of time I have been able to do this. I was always caring for others and working. They decided what I would do with my time and where I would live. I don't think I will ever tire of the freedom!

Sure I wish I had more money. If I did, I like the sound of those 5 year plans! Mountains for 5, beach for 5, etc. That would be great fun! But I am very adaptable and there is always something fun to do. Living frugally is an interesting challenge in itself. It pleases me to know I can live well on not a lot of money.
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Old 09-30-2016, 01:45 PM
 
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19 years since I retired, I no longer relate to working.
I'm in the same place. My working life is long over, and I am in a totally different space.
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Old 09-30-2016, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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One year out -- I went right past 4 and into 5.
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Old 09-30-2016, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Pac. NW
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i went full circle . i started my career as a pro drummer and now that i retired from a different field i am back to drumming again . i didn't find a new identity , i re-found the old one .

just hit the studio again with the old group for the first time in 35 years .we all found each other on facebook
Matched grip, or traditional?
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Old 10-01-2016, 12:42 AM
 
Location: NY in body, Mayberry in spirit.
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i went full circle . i started my career as a pro drummer and now that i retired from a different field i am back to drumming again . i didn't find a new identity , i re-found the old one .

just hit the studio again with the old group for the first time in 35 years .we all found each other on facebook
Hey you kids, stop making all that racket!!
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Old 10-01-2016, 01:19 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I'm still in honeymoon phase.
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Old 10-01-2016, 03:29 AM
 
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Planning in 8.5 years but aware it could come earlier if there comes a time I can't get work. Where to live is a concern. Lately I wonder about returning to where I went to school, a lot of affordable housing there. But enough of my personal issues.
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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I've notified my employer and started training my replacement but have not reached the company picnic and handshakes. That should be next year.
Same here. I retire at the beginning of next March. Just broke into double-digits, (remaining work days), a week ago or so, (not that I'm actually counting yet).

The planning stage was probably a five-six year process. Just the waiting now, and getting the house ready to sell.


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Old 10-01-2016, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I guess I'm still in the honeymoon phase although it's only been a year and two months since I quit my job. I hope the freedom never gets old. I've been having so much fun lately
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:33 AM
 
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Retired at age 50 (13 years ago).

We decided we'd live in a series of 5 year plans.....all different, all requiring long distant moves to places we'd never lived before retirement (never thought we'd live full-time in Mexico for five years, but we dd and it was a blast!).
I'm curious what you do for housing. Do you rent? House sit? Or??
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