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Old Yesterday, 11:52 AM
 
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I semi retired at 58. Now 65 and my part time job is ending in December. I don’t regret it.
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Old Yesterday, 12:48 PM
 
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At 62 (wife was 59) we had enough money to retire on, no need or desire to work. Neither of us regrets it. It's been 11 years. No regrets.
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Old Yesterday, 02:39 PM
 
Location: NY
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Retired at 55 ..........on the books since 16 years of age.
Lived frugally and saved. Everything is paid off.
40 years is enough. Don't owe anybody an explanation.
Best decision I ever made...........


Outside of those that fell on hard times or unfortunate circumstances
I have little sympathy for those who lived life high on the hog and blew their future on wine woman and song.
I am sure they have many more interesting stories to tell than I but they aren't telling them now. They are to
busy working.........nuff said.
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Old Yesterday, 04:54 PM
 
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Very few people have regrets when they get paid for staying home and doing what they want...
This is my situation. I also get time to spend time with my first grandson, husband, other family members and friends. More time for medical appointments and vacations. More time to exercise, hula, pump and tai chi classes. No wasted time contemplating having to work the next day on a Sunday evening. I get to see friends and family while we all are alive, rather than wait for funerals.
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Old Yesterday, 05:11 PM
 
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I am leaning towards retirement at 62 or 63 (am 61 now) and I am amazed at how many people have told me that if they could do it over again, they would have worked a little longer. Frankly, I am surprised. Does anyone who retired at that age have any comments, advice, regrets, etc. Would love to hear. Thanks for reading and for your time.
I wonder if those who did regret retiring at 62 because of the reduced SS benefits OR because they missed work and found retirement boring. {I "retired" the day I graduated college; The easiest day at college is 69 times harder than the hardest day at work.}
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Old Today, 08:30 AM
 
Location: NY
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I wonder if those who did regret retiring at 62 because of the reduced SS benefits OR because they missed work and found retirement boring. {I "retired" the day I graduated college; The easiest day at college is 69 times harder than the hardest day at work.}





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{I "retired" the day I graduated college; The easiest day at college is 69 times harder than the hardest day at work.}



Opinion: Having attended college and matriculated maintaining a 3.8 G.P.A..I am accustomed to the classroom.
Then you never really worked........... Sorry............
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Old Today, 08:47 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I retired 2 weeks before turning 63, 2-3 years earlier than planned because of a company wide package offered to all graybeards in a cost-cutting move. I accepted it at the last minute after doing the math & keeping fingers crossed on markets & health, thankfully both have held up almost 5 years later.

I have never regretted it a bit, although it would be nice to have an additional 2-3 years worth of savings now - I was saving over 25% of my gross the last few years so it would have been a substantial addition but the freedom after working for 50 years (started working during & through all schools from 13yo) was an almost physical exhilaration. I'm still not collecting SS, a bit more than 2 years to go if health holds up. No regrets at all for me, just yesterday discovered another obit of a high school friend from February.
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Old Today, 07:39 PM
 
Location: NY
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I retired 2 weeks before turning 63, 2-3 years earlier than planned because of a company wide package offered to all graybeards in a cost-cutting move. I accepted it at the last minute after doing the math & keeping fingers crossed on markets & health, thankfully both have held up almost 5 years later.

I have never regretted it a bit, although it would be nice to have an additional 2-3 years worth of savings now - I was saving over 25% of my gross the last few years so it would have been a substantial addition but the freedom after working for 50 years (started working during & through all schools from 13yo) was an almost physical exhilaration. I'm still not collecting SS, a bit more than 2 years to go if health holds up. No regrets at all for me, just yesterday discovered another obit of a high school friend from February.

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Obituaries are a constant reminder that we are only here for a very short time.
It is so unfortunate that they are always hidden in the back of the newspapers.

You can run all you want but you never can hide...........................
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