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Old 12-31-2016, 10:17 PM
Location: Close to an earthquake
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This question just came to me so I decided to make it a topic. Seems like a fair question to ask on the last day of this year. I'll go first.

As someone who is within striking distance of age 62 and still riding the "rat race pony" as a self-employed stiff, I've enjoyed reading all the sharing of so many who are contemplating retirement, those who share their big last day on the job, and those who have some retirement time under their belt and share their shoulda/coulda/woulda thoughts or thoughts of no regrets.

I especially enjoy reading those occasional shares of the mavericks and rebels who quit on the spot unplanned, the ones who fired their bosses and employers, gave them the big middle finger and then rode off into the sunset maybe a little scared but tickled happy to death and full of life.

I've learned more here than I ever have from reading Money Magazine, Kiplingers, and many other internet and paper-based articles, seminars, books, advice from the know-it-all's, etc. I've actually pointed a few acquaintances and clients here telling them they'll learn more by hanging around here every now and then than they could from probably any other source.

The wisdom here is both wide and deep. Thank you all so much.
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Old 12-31-2016, 11:40 PM
Location: R.I.
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Great thread topic!!!

I have learned a great deal from all the individuals who have taken the time to share their retirement planning expertise, as well as from those who shared all their varied experiences post retirement. My late father was my go to person especially when I needed financial planning advise, and with him now gone many here filled that gap for me which most certainly has better prepared me for my retirement a few years down the road.

Wishing everyone here a blessed, prosperous, and healthy new year.
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Old 12-31-2016, 11:55 PM
Location: Los Angeles area
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Neat idea for a thread, Borninsac! What I have gained from reading and participating in this Retirement Forum in 2016 is pretty much the same as what I gained in previous years since I joined in 2010. And that is the sense of a slice of American life. Look at the wide variety of people who have presented themselves and their thinking and their experiences in their own words:

People who have been financial high rollers and people who have struggled and continue to do so

People who are seeking challenges and acivities in retirement and people who have had enough of same in the workplace and just want to smell the roses

People who have a wonderful sense of compassion and people who seem to have a large storehouse of generalized hostility

People who are coping with changed spousal relationships because of retirment and people who are coping with creating their path alone (divorced, widowed, never-marrieds)

People who have admirable analytical powers combined with rationality and objectivity and people who operate on the emotional level

People who enjoy the bland and the trivial and people who enjoy the outrageous

People who are happy and content to have retired in place and people who agonize endlessly about finding and choosing a relocation destination

People at all levels of literacy

People with insight from all kinds of perspectives and life experiences

People whose mutually incompatible inconsistences over the years mark them as less than truthful in their postings

People who struggle with crushing burdens of various kinds (illness of spouses, their own illnesses and injuries, estranged adult children, and more)

People whose self-awareness seems to be zero

Very young people discussing looking forward to various retirement issues and people who have been retired for a long, long time

People from whom, over a long enough span of time, we get a sense of their personalities and come to feel we know as individuals

People for whom we have developed a sense of real affection despite never have seen them in the flesh and people whom we find irritating and annoying and beyond irritating and annoying

Yes, it's been an interesting ride, more significant than just a way to pass some time, in my opinion.
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Old 01-01-2017, 06:37 AM
Location: Pennsylvania
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Well said, Escort Rider. You've mentioned a lot of good points.

I'd add that I've learned to appreciate what I've got. I'm not a financial genius but I've learned enough and earned enough to be financially comfortable by my standards. And that's a good thing.
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Old 01-01-2017, 07:06 AM
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In 2016 I've learned questions I should be asking.

I've learned that I really don't have to retire if I don't want to.

I've learned that other people are in the same situation as I am in.

I've learned that there are other viewpoints that are just as valid.

I've learned that retirement is not something to dread.

I've learned about places I can find answers.

I am very thankful for everyone who has taken the time to answer my questions and provide comment.
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Old 01-01-2017, 07:39 AM
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I've learned a lot and will continue to learn a lot as I read future threads. I am not retired and I am probably 10 years out from retirement, but reading on this forum has goaded me to save even more, and to think VERY carefully before making a move to another state. Very valuable information! Thanks to one and all who generously post their experiences.
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Old 01-01-2017, 09:01 AM
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Wonderful post idea.

Being able to read about how people plan or don't plan for retirement, how they deal with issues that come up, and what life throws at them has been invaluable to me as I don't have someone to turn to for my questions. I regret not talking to my outlaws (FIL/MIL) who planned so well and chose so well on so many fronts (where to live, how to save, where to put those savings, etc) and they are now both gone. So this forum has meant a great deal to me on so many fronts, both financially and personally, as people share and ask and discuss.

So thank you all for being here and participating. As you do so you help so many others, even as you help yourself.
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Old 01-01-2017, 09:10 AM
Location: Near a river
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I've learned that a meaningful community CAN be formed online, anonymously.

I've learned that there are a lot of people out there, as seen in the Politics forum, who have radically different views from mine.

I've gotten insight into ALL the aspects of retirement, not only financial.

Best to everyone in the New Year.
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Old 01-01-2017, 09:57 AM
Location: Las Vegas/SF Peninsula/South Lake Tahoe
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A much greater appreciation for what I have.

May everyone have a healthy and productive 2017.
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Old 01-01-2017, 09:57 AM
Location: WA
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I gained an appreciation that I am a lot better off than some, but also lagging behind others, like Riverbird, who is set up for retirement pretty well. It's also entertaining for me to try to keep stories concise and to the point. Learning what to leave out is the key to holding people's attention.

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