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Old 09-26-2017, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Well after driving an hour to my favorite town and where I wish I still lived, I caught four rainbow trout, visited an old friend and just enjoyed seeing the snowcapped mountains and breathing the fresh crisp air.
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Old 09-26-2017, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I have posted about this before, so I'll try to be brief, but I have an answer to the thread title question. I am happy in retirement and there is something quite wonderful in my life, namely my volunteer job. Three days a week I go to elementary and middle schools, where I read aloud to fifth grade classes and conduct lunch time chess activities for the students. These activities suit me to a tee - I find them so gratifying and so enjoyable. And the weird thing is I fell into them almost by accident. I feel very fortunate.
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Old 09-26-2017, 06:47 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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Our family will start partying tomorrow for my granddaughter's 22nd birthday and party until next Easter when her mother has a birthday. There are two vacations, several birthdays, and six holidays in that timeframe. Then we will start traveling again next May. Is that happy enough for you?
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Old 09-26-2017, 06:48 PM
 
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Well after driving an hour to my favorite town and where I wish I still lived, I caught four rainbow trout, visited an old friend and just enjoyed seeing the snowcapped mountains and breathing the fresh crisp air.
Go up North Cora and see my new foundation walls!
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Old 09-26-2017, 07:12 PM
 
Location: On the road
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What's GOOD in your life today??
This was lunch, eaten with locals on a long table at a corner joint here in Guatemala.



For me it doesn't get any better than this, I love food and food culture and have spent most of retirement traveling the world indulging. Life be good.

Trying all the local beers ain't a bad deal either.
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Well, OP, this forum is about all aspects of retirement. It's not a positive thinking group. So, I take a little issue with your OP saying people in this forum are negative. Lots of positives and lots of reality and many, many issues are discussed here.

What makes me happiest right now, is the fact that I am back in my chosen city of San Jose, and my health is improving to the point that I can go for a 40 minute walk in a gorgeous neighborhood every morning, which includes a well-known, historic rose garden, that I walk around with my dog every day.

This also makes me happy because not only is the weather perfect, the neighborhood is gorgeous with different architectural styles, and safe, but it's also free :-)
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Old 09-27-2017, 08:18 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I'm happy as I can be in my 70th year with a few health issues. I love where I live. I have good friends. I do what I want. I went to the doctor today for a checkup and the word "colonoscopy" did not come up.
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Old 09-27-2017, 09:54 PM
 
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I am a day late getting this as I had no internet for most of the past 2 days. So starting yesterday, I had a beautiful day, mostly sunny but with great clouds and high temps in the low 70s. We visited John Day, Sheep Rock section, then traveled late in the afternoon to the mountains north of Burns, Or. We had a great forest service campground to ourselves. We even had water and free firewood. Today we traveled into Nevada and tomorrow should be stopped just outside of Zion. Two good days!!
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Old 09-28-2017, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I've already listed why I am happy in retirement in the many other threads where people were doing the same. But to that I would also add I am content which to me is just as, if not more important than being happy.
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Old 09-28-2017, 05:59 AM
 
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So I stumbled across C-D while researching beach towns to retire to and while I find it really informative, I also find it a little.... depressing.

It seems like forum wide we are some unhappy campers, whether stressing over whether or not we'll end up in a nursing home (is that all we worry about approaching retirement) to the price of deli meat.

lol, the irony that I'm whining about whining is not lost on this gal.

Anyhoo,

What's GOOD in your life today?? In the interest of full disclosure, I am one of those annoying people in your office that is happy before everyone has their morning coffee. take it slow, lol start with a little thing.

I'll start it off..

The weather in PHiladelphia where I live has been BEAUTIFUL for the last couple of day. still summer like but not oppressive. I walked to the gym and back yesterday.
Oh here we go.

No the irony is you're not retired, probably don't hang around with retired people, aren't traditional retirement age, and somehow have missed all the people here and in real life who are HAPPY in retirement.

More irony: A guy with an active busy Deli Meat thread isn't even retired (or OLD) and it's in the FOOD sub-forum. Because it's a thing.

Anyone else priced out of your local deli - cold cuts by the $$ cost ?

More irony - considering this subforum has been discussing the attitudes and conflicts that sometimes arise between the retired versus younger people and others who aren't retired (and especially those who don't disclose it).

So what you're saying is "You retired people are.....depressing".

Ironic that you're not retired, yet the most interesting thing about YOUR day is the weather and a walk outside while you call other people depressing LOL.

Yes of course all are welcome here, it's a public message board. But there are some norms that are completely disregarded.

I could be the same way:

You non-retired people are ....um....clueless (? does that work as a descriptor)

Irony you're obsessing about retirement somewhere in the future but find depressing the focused discussion of the very real issues actual retired people face when they finally cut the cord and FEEL the impacts of the finite amount of dollars they will have access to for an indefinite number of decades - as costs rise.

Let alone all the great men here who put their wives' future first and foremost.

Maybe calling a group of people depressing isn't exactly the best way to win friends and influence people that you have nothing in common with anyway.

It's sort of like a man or a non-biomom telling a woman that being pregnant and delivering a baby is a piece of cake and stop talking about it.

Senior Americans are a very easy and the last remaining target to analyze, judge, and criticize, without any PC repercussions, it seems. And sometimes quite disingenuously and for weird reasons. IMO.

Too old to travel

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