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Old 10-28-2016, 05:39 PM
 
Location: On the road
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Did anyone else experience this? Hubby who has been retired for 2 years said he did not. It just feels like I walked out the door for a vacation & will be back with work piled high, stress, updates and changes to take care of. It just does not seem real to me. Is this normal or does it take time for reality to set in?
First of all... a huge congrats!

It took awhile for it to sink in with us, but we started getting busy right away planning to sell the house, cars, and all our crap to travel long term. I think once you get busy with something things snap into place.
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Old 10-28-2016, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I felt like I was on vacation for awhile after I retired. We took a short trip shortly after I retired, and I think my body knew I was retired when I realized I did not have to go into work the day after I got back. For me the transition was swift.
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Old 10-28-2016, 08:24 PM
 
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Looking at retirement in 5 1/2 years (@ 62 y/o) if we can figure out Medical Insurance, otherwise going to Medicare age. I know for a fact I'm going to need an adjustment period....absolutely love my job.....some of the people I can do without, but for the most part, don't mind going to work at all.
I'm looking at it in just under 3 yrs (54 but yr I turn 55) and have the same issue with Medical only I do mind going to work
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:37 AM
 
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I'm a young one and to be perfectly honest, I think that those who can retire and don't are in a way broken people. No hobbies, no interests, no ideas outside of work?

Let's face it, the vast majority of workers don't do anything important whereby the world will come to a halt if they stop working. The vat majority of us are replaceable and aren't that much better (if at all) than the next person.

The lack of hobbies and outside interests baffles me even among my other young co-workers. I'm almost 30 and if someone handed me enough money to retire tomorrow, I'd take it in a heartbeat.
There are a thousand other things I'd rather be doing than working for someone else.
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Old 10-29-2016, 04:31 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I'm a young one and to be perfectly honest, I think that those who can retire and don't are in a way broken people. No hobbies, no interests, no ideas outside of work?

Let's face it, the vast majority of workers don't do anything important whereby the world will come to a halt if they stop working. The vat majority of us are replaceable and aren't that much better (if at all) than the next person.

The lack of hobbies and outside interests baffles me even among my other young co-workers. I'm almost 30 and if someone handed me enough money to retire tomorrow, I'd take it in a heartbeat.
There are a thousand other things I'd rather be doing than working for someone else.
Absolutely! I see people that retire and say they are bored. Really? The world is full of things to do and learn that are fun and engaging. Retirement gives you the freedom to explore them all.
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Old 10-29-2016, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Since out plan is relocation my first months of retirement won't be like most described here. No it will be a whirlwind of packing and moving to a 6 mointh rental apartment in the new spot as we search for our last home. I'm scared to death that once the dust settles we will find ourselves kind of bored and lonely in our new place.
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Old 10-29-2016, 05:44 AM
 
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Absolutely! I see people that retire and say they are bored. Really? The world is full of things to do and learn that are fun and engaging. Retirement gives you the freedom to explore them all.
I thought that way while working,how can any one be bored in retirement? however 10 years into retirement theres a certain been there done that attitude that sets in,the hobbies become un interesting, one misses the work and its social dynamics, remaining relevant on a daily basis becomes tougher,health issues start to become a factor.and for some you end up becoming bored and depressed and living in a similar rut as you were when you were working.
IMO retirement isnt for every one and doesnt necessarily equate to just a long vacation.
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Old 10-29-2016, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I've been retired for almost 6 years. I think it felt a little odd for the first week or so. The realization that I would never have to get up at 4:45 am again. That I never had to answer to anybody for my time. That passed quickly, and once I got my first pension payment it really sank in. I'm free. I never have to try to crunch a week's worth of house and yardwork, entertainment, and family obligations into 2 days ever again. My schedule, or lack of schedule, is mine to do with as I want forever and ever. Amen.
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Old 10-29-2016, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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I've retired twice and gone back to work full time both times. After a year and a half the first time and 3 years the second time, I realized retirement was not good for me. I had lost purpose, my mental and physical condition was not as good, and I was losing my people skills. I've known too many people who retired and who died shortly after that.

I can see where some people might like it, but it just was not right for me. But I hope it is good for the OP.

Don
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Old 10-29-2016, 10:15 AM
 
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I'm a young one and to be perfectly honest, I think that those who can retire and don't are in a way broken people. No hobbies, no interests, no ideas outside of work?

Let's face it, the vast majority of workers don't do anything important whereby the world will come to a halt if they stop working. The vat majority of us are replaceable and aren't that much better (if at all) than the next person.

The lack of hobbies and outside interests baffles me even among my other young co-workers. I'm almost 30 and if someone handed me enough money to retire tomorrow, I'd take it in a heartbeat.
There are a thousand other things I'd rather be doing than working for someone else.
I retired in my 40s. Its been 10 years now. Its all fun and games at first. I had hobbies. I just got tired of dong them. I wish I could be one of those people that can do the same thing day after day - hobby wise. Like quilters for example.

In my work life, we would travel from military base to military base. Start a project, see it through, leave, go on a short vacation, then do it all again. Nothing was the same. I really enjoyed it.

Now I have "obligations". Lots of pets and sick people all around me! I do feel like running away sometimes, but you cannot!
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