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Old 03-09-2017, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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not really (for most of us... life, our ENTIRE life, has been anything BUT a standard routine) By age 31, I had relocated my young family 2000 miles, was on my 4th house, and had been a caregiver for 13 yrs - out of necessity, not choice. Nothing was routine, each day was filled with unknowns (running a 'fresh market farm', home schooling, caregiving, and working a night shift factory job) took life as it rolled.
You've lived a different lifestyle than most people. There's nothing inherently right or wrong with either choice, but probably a plurality of people work traditional jobs with a much more regimented lifestyle.
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Old 03-09-2017, 11:58 AM
 
Location: At the Lake (in Texas)
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It's not a contest.

...it's not a contest. If someone finds joy and fulfillment in a feverish round of traveling and other activities, then that is just great, but it's not a contest, so others might just be stressed and unhappy trying to emulate the super-active ones.

The opposite extreme is unhealthy in my opinion: social isolation, couch potato existence, watching TV all day every day, no purpose at all. If someone claims that's what they really want, I'm just not buying it. ... My routine provides both enjoyment and variety. I'll never come close to winning the "activity" contest but that's O.K. because I'm not competing in it in the first place.
Escort Rider, yes, you are correct. What I fear, however, is settling into the routine I bolded in your post. Your particular routine sounds just about great to me! Nice balance...nice guideline for someone like me. Thanks!
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Old 03-09-2017, 12:02 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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When I first quit working (not retirement), I did a lot of things around the house that I'd been wanting to do for years. I finished my scrapbooking and I made my front yard look like something out of a magazine.

Then hubby died, I was dx with cancer and I was forced to move to an apartment and now I work two days a week. Most days that I am home I am bored to tears especially since I've been slacking off at the gym. I have things on my bucket list that I will probably never get to because of time constraints.
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Old 03-09-2017, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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Some days I LIKE to sit all day in my recliner and watch TV or read. That IS my ''purpose'' that particular day! LOL
Wouldn't want a steady diet of it though.
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Old 03-09-2017, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Some days I LIKE to sit all day in my recliner and watch TV or read. That IS my ''purpose'' that particular day! LOL
Wouldn't want a steady diet of it though.
Yes! We should allow ourselves some indulgences in retirement. It's the "steady diet of it" that should be avoided. That's the beauty of retirement - being able to "adjust" the amount of structure, of activity. I have chosen three days a week for my volunteer activity, purposely keeping my Mondays and Fridays free, along with Saturdays and Sundays, of course. Even the three days are not full, eight-hour days. It is a wonderful compromise for me, but it might be too much or too little for somebody else.
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Old 03-10-2017, 02:59 PM
 
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I don't have to worry as I will probably not be able to retire. There has been a lot of economic volatility and I have worked for a few firms at this point. Graduating in 2001/2002 was the worse year to graduate.
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Old 03-11-2017, 12:24 PM
 
Location: -"`-._,-'"`-._, ☀ Sunny Florida ☀ ,-"`-._,-'"`-.
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Retirement hasn't been much different then when we were working. We had ten days off every five weeks.
I thought I was doing "OK" with 5 weeks of vacation a year when I worked (work still got in the way of traveling) . I have to say, if I had 2 weeks off every 5 weeks, I would probably not have left my job

Enjoy your days!
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