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Old 02-03-2017, 08:29 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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Early retirement (53). Late wife who worked at the same agency did the same, a month earlier.


Chores, exercise, church weekly, reading, and sadly, garegiver for my wife for 3.5 years before she lost her battle with dementia.


No part-time job, no continuing education, no learning a musical instrument, no vacations, no travel, no volunteer work, and very little visiting and only out of obligation. A genuine "stick-in-the-mud."


Two observations: those 20 years flew by, faster than any other 20-year period in my life even with such a dull lifestyle.


And, oh yeah, if I had to do it over again, I'd do it the same way. Takes all kinds, dunnit.
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Old 02-03-2017, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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All my working life I fretted about not enough time for my hobbies. Now retired 11 years I do work on things I like but very slow. And I find it so easy to just murder time
My best friend age 76 was a true workaholic. Shortly after retirement he really became sedentary, at least I do work on things.
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Old 02-03-2017, 09:05 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I'm the same way.

Most people I knew had constantly disappointed me and I now have no desire to mingle. A monthly visit to the grocery store and staying in touch with my daughter satisfies my need to interact.

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Old 02-03-2017, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Originally Posted by Calvert Hall '62 View Post
Early retirement (53). Late wife who worked at the same agency did the same, a month earlier.


Chores, exercise, church weekly, reading, and sadly, garegiver for my wife for 3.5 years before she lost her battle with dementia.


No part-time job, no continuing education, no learning a musical instrument, no vacations, no travel, no volunteer work, and very little visiting and only out of obligation. A genuine "stick-in-the-mud."


Two observations: those 20 years flew by, faster than any other 20-year period in my life even with such a dull lifestyle.


And, oh yeah, if I had to do it over again, I'd do it the same way. Takes all kinds, dunnit.
Hey CH, as long as YOU are content with your lifestyle, then there's not a thing wrong with it. I retired at 56 and spent the first couple of years caring for my late H; then later on doing for my Mom as she went through Alzheimers and then passed away. For 3 years I ran an antiques business, but then got tired of dealing with customers who were always trying to get a lower price no matter what the item was worth - it just wasn't worth the small additional income any more, nor was it fun. Now I just buy antiques for me and my house. I volunteer occasionally and recently became a Master Gardener, because it benefits my yard and the community as well. However, I don't sign up for every activity, nor am I a constant volunteer for every charitable activity going on as some of my retired neighbors and former co-workers are. I live my small, quiet life at my own pace. There's no need to be in competition with anyone else IMO.
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Old 02-03-2017, 03:32 PM
 
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If I ever reach retirement I might actually be able to get more the 10% into the honey do list. As we all know that list is a type of self replicating machine.
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