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Old 11-25-2016, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Beats me, OP. I hate not being relevant. I wouldn't have retired, but I had my job description "eliminated".
If you have plenty of money to do as you please, I expect that you will be fine.
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Old 11-25-2016, 04:56 PM
 
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"Retirement" is not a different country or planet with different customs and languages. It is simply a time when one stops getting-up early and spending 8-12 hours in an office or otherwise doing a particular job.

Just as in pre-retirement, one determines their own pace, goals and accomplishments. True, retirement lacks the structure of the workplace and passes the responsibility for filling one's time - back to the individual. But, most people with even minimal imagination and initiative can make retirement work.

Most of those who find retirement boring, uneventful or stressful; or have difficulty filling their time, probably had no life outside of work, before they retired.
This sums it up!
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Old 11-25-2016, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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''Retirement'' isn't death or solitary confinement! LOL
It's freedom! Now you can be as busy or as lazy as you want to be on any given day.
It's a time to do things you always wanted to try and to explore new activities and grow in new ways.
No need to sit around and ''waste time'' if you want to be busy.
Besides, nothing says you can't go back to work for an employer or yourself part or full time if you'd prefer that lifestyle.
Retirement allows you choices and that is the best part of all.
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Old 11-25-2016, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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I'm not retired yet but I get terribly bored on 4 day weekends. I do NOT want to continue working after next year, but I am going to have to find something to do.
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Old 11-25-2016, 10:39 PM
 
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Before I retired, a friend older than me retired from a factory job.

He and his wife lived in a newer house on acreage in the country and had an apple orchard and big lawn.

Once retired, he stated he will not work after 6pm.
That time was now devoted for him and his wife to go to ball games , watch TV, or just sit on the deck.

Since in his working days most of the tasks at home had to be done after 6pm, retirement was a nice way to rearrange his schedule to suit him.
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Old 11-25-2016, 10:43 PM
 
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"Retirement" is not a different country or planet with different customs and languages. It is simply a time when one stops getting-up early and spending 8-12 hours in an office or otherwise doing a particular job.

Just as in pre-retirement, one determines their own pace, goals and accomplishments. True, retirement lacks the structure of the workplace and passes the responsibility for filling one's time - back to the individual. But, most people with even minimal imagination and initiative can make retirement work.

Most of those who find retirement boring, uneventful or stressful; or have difficulty filling their time, probably had no life outside of work, before they retired.
(2nd paragraph ).........for many ( myself included) I thrive on structure and since retiring my structure has become more of a daily routine that I like to maintain but is still flexible enough to give me plenty of time free of structure to do............whatever.........I want,
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Old 11-25-2016, 10:57 PM
 
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I would say that not everyone is good at managing a ton of free time - the kind of extensive free time that retirement brings.

People upthread have voiced this. They get bored, frustrated, feel anxious or at loose ends, want to accomplish something but can't quite get in gear to accomplish something, or they aren't able to find something satisfying for their particular personality and psyche - when life is no longer working at a regular job or profession that fills up the days.

These feelings can hit during regular weekends and longer holiday weekends while people are still working regular jobs and not retired - so when actually retired, it seems daunting.

I think others upthread painting a picture of retirement downplay the difficult feelings people can experience in retirement.

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Old 11-26-2016, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Haiku
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I am preparing to retire early in the next few years. I have a question for those who have successfully transitioned into retirement. How do you make that transition psychologically?
It is not as if you are going for a root canal or something. Retiring is supposed to be fun! And for us it has been. We wanted to shake things up a bit so we moved 2000 miles to the middle of the Pacific, bought 2 acres and have taken up farming, surfing and water color painting. It keeps us busy.
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Old 11-26-2016, 07:52 AM
 
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I would say that not everyone is good at managing a ton of free time - the kind of extensive free time that retirement brings.

People upthread have voiced this. They get bored, frustrated, feel anxious or at loose ends, want to accomplish something but can't quite get in gear to accomplish something, or they aren't able to find something satisfying for their particular personality and psyche - when life is no longer working at a regular job or profession that fills up the days.

These feelings can hit during regular weekends and longer holiday weekends while people are still working regular jobs and not retired - so when actually retired, it seems daunting.

I think others upthread painting a picture of retirement downplay the difficult feelings people can experience in retirement.
I haven't read them again to get a tally, but it appears that all the ones that "love" retirement have a partner in crime to share the daily toils. That can make a big difference. It can be difficult if you are not partnered up or are in a relationship that is not a real partnership.
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Old 11-26-2016, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I haven't read them again to get a tally, but it appears that all the ones that "love" retirement have a partner in crime to share the daily toils. That can make a big difference. It can be difficult if you are not partnered up or are in a relationship that is not a real partnership.

Nope, just me and the cat.

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