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View Poll Results: At what age were you the most unhappy and discontented?
Under 15 17 11.41%
15-20 20 13.42%
20-25 18 12.08%
25-30 13 8.72%
30-35 10 6.71%
35-40 11 7.38%
40-45 10 6.71%
45-50 4 2.68%
50-55 12 8.05%
55-60 12 8.05%
60-65 7 4.70%
65-70 1 0.67%
Over 70 1 0.67%
My present age 9 6.04%
I'm still under 60. 4 2.68%
Voters: 149. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-27-2018, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains
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Retirement has been the best time...I don't worry about thing I used to worry about and my 20s were the most tumultuous.
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Old 02-27-2018, 09:20 AM
 
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I voted for my present age (64). When I was younger, I always had hope that things would improve for me, as far as how happy I was, but now I know that they almost certainly won't. I have accepted that, but it is still depressing, nevertheless.

In old age, I think one realizes that financial security and the ability to do what one wants is only a small part of happiness. What is most important, I think, is good health and have someone to share your life whom you love and who loves you, too.
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Old 02-27-2018, 09:25 AM
 
Location: equator
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I agree. I have had ovarian cancer, a hysterectomy, cervical spine fusion surgery, one meniscus repair on each knee, then a total knee replacement on my right knee. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, Borderline diabetes. Arthritis. My body hurts most of the time. I am only 62. Not sure what my future health is going to be.

Thanks for your honesty. I empathize. Severe osteoarthritis really affects quality of life. I thought I'd always have a horse; but eventually I could not get on or off so that was the end of that. Just saw 3 prancing horses go by on the beach, and the regret-meter went off. None of this kind of stuff is going to get better, either. Like you, I wonder what the future will hold...


Pain management? Cocktails, MJ, occasional opioids. LOL.
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Old 02-28-2018, 06:47 PM
 
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I voted for 60-65 mostly because of health issues (nothing major just not as flexible as I was just a few years ago!), knee and back issues etc... and because my marriage is up against the ropes - what a time to have that problem!

But looking back at my life now I see that it's always been ups and downs. Some good years, some bad years, some good periods, some bad periods... Nothing too bad and nothing all that great either, LOL. Just life...

Childhood was both good and bad...
Teenage was both good and bad (mostly bad)...
20's - both good and bad.
etc... pretty much every decade was a mix of some good years and some bad years!
I can't think of any decade that was particularly great nor one that was particularly bad - all a mixture.

The only disappointment to me, is that I thought retirement would be a time to kick back and enjoy. And while I can relax more - not having a boss or work to go to - no set time to get up or go to bed - few things I HAVE to do... - I also have emotional / relationship and living situation issues to deal with. So that kinda screws up the relaxation and enjoyment.

Guess things never change...

But it bears saying: "It could be worse!"
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:24 PM
 
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Today again I heard someone say that they retired so they could do what they wanted and enjoy life since they couldn't while they were working.

All I can say is that I am glad I got to do the things I did while I was younger and working. My "job" made a lot of that possible. Glad I did a lot of traveling then.

Have fun while you are young!!
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Old 03-02-2018, 08:54 PM
 
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I chose 40-45. I was 42 when I split with my ex, the 2 years prior to that were miserable. Been great ever since tho.
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Old 03-02-2018, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Dark Side of the Moon
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I've had great times and bad times at various ages. This past year has been terrible, probably the worst of my life. However, I keep reminding myself that life is full of ups and downs. The storms of life make me extra grateful for the times when the sun seems to shine endlessly.
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Old 03-03-2018, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Grove City, Ohio
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I voted 20 to 25 but the reality is 19 to 22.

19 to 20 I was in Vietnam.

21 and 22 out of the military without any clue to what I wanted to do in life.
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