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Old 10-15-2016, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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I tried retirement twice, once for a year and a half and once for 3 years. Hated it both times. Became a vegetable, you can only play with your toys so much.

Went back to work full time 3 years ago, feel much better physically and mentally. I also look forward to my two days off a week, just like I did when I used to work before.

I have known too many people who couldn't wait to retire, and who died a little while after actually doing it.

Don
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Old 10-15-2016, 02:10 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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I mentioned the health thing. Last night more health related talk amongst us at a local gathering. People going in for tests, awaiting dire news. Having to cut back on activities because they just don't feel good.

This morning on another outing - more of the same.!!! Sheesh - makes me just want to stay in bed, but I think it is better to just stay busy.
Staying busy: best for your brain
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Old 10-15-2016, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Me too. I've yet to find an unfavorite thing about retirement. It appears that some of the negative experinces people are describing are not really retirement issues but rather life issues.
You make an interesting point, but, in my case no. For a number of years after I retired I didn't have as many obligations. I was far from family, and I had a few commitments that were not burdensome. I have as many commitments now, but I also have family visiting often, because they live closer. I want them to visit! But I am feeling the need to disconnect from other obligations for awhile. I am not doing things I really want to do, and I am feeling sort of depressed about it. I've been retired for 10 years. I do think lower energy as I get older does influence my feelings of frustration. For me, this is a retirement issue, because I thought after I retired I would have much more me time.

I do think finding the solution is on me. It is up to me to rejigger things, but I am loath to let people down.
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Old 10-15-2016, 05:58 PM
 
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I mentioned the health thing. Last night more health related talk amongst us at a local gathering. People going in for tests, awaiting dire news. Having to cut back on activities because they just don't feel good.

This morning on another outing - more of the same.!!! Sheesh - makes me just want to stay in bed, but I think it is better to just stay busy.

Yeah, I get tired of thinking/talking about it...but I hate that chronic pain & physical limitations have clipped my wings. Yes, there is always someone worse off than I am, but that rationalization is no longer helpful to me.
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Old 10-15-2016, 08:01 PM
 
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Yeah, I get tired of thinking/talking about it...but I hate that chronic pain & physical limitations have clipped my wings. Yes, there is always someone worse off than I am, but that rationalization is no longer helpful to me.
Exactly - i'm not that bad off and have the occasional pain and strange feelings, but still. Not looking forward to getting older!!!
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Old 10-25-2016, 09:39 AM
 
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Least favorite thing about retirement (not old age) is not dressing up everyday. I LOVE clothes/shoes/purses and find it impossible to stop buying them. So all that stuff sits in the closet, some never worn, then in a couple years, donated to a charity. The only good thing about working was being able to put together my outfits. (and don't advise dressing up at home - I have 2 acres and do lots of work and my yard/house clothes are all trashed and stained)
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Old 10-26-2016, 07:40 AM
 
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Least favorite thing about retirement (not old age) is not dressing up everyday. I LOVE clothes/shoes/purses and find it impossible to stop buying them. So all that stuff sits in the closet, some never worn, then in a couple years, donated to a charity. The only good thing about working was being able to put together my outfits. (and don't advise dressing up at home - I have 2 acres and do lots of work and my yard/house clothes are all trashed and stained)
Buy nice work around the house clothes! I refuse to dress in raggedy things even if I am going to be mowing the grass.

I'm like you - don't have a need to "dress up" - unless you call the occasional funeral an occasion, so I haven't had to buy those type of clothes in a while.

I do like the new breathable comfortable work out type clothing that also functions as my working around the house stuff. I hate regular t-shirts.
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Old 10-26-2016, 12:33 PM
 
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Least favorite thing about retirement (not old age) is not dressing up everyday. I LOVE clothes/shoes/purses and find it impossible to stop buying them. So all that stuff sits in the closet, some never worn, then in a couple years, donated to a charity. The only good thing about working was being able to put together my outfits. (and don't advise dressing up at home - I have 2 acres and do lots of work and my yard/house clothes are all trashed and stained)
I hear ya...where I work jeans and a t-shirt are common, but every once in awhile I like to dress up too. however, once I retire and move to Florida, it's ALL going! Shorts and flip-flops for me!! WOO HOO!!
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Old 10-26-2016, 01:29 PM
 
Location: State of Denial
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Retirement: half the income, twice the husband.
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Old 10-26-2016, 02:02 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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Retirement: half the income, twice the husband.
So true.
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