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Old 12-06-2018, 07:13 AM
 
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All my best wishes to you. I do know that one CAN survive the loss of a loved one, but sometimes that is very difficult. I do admire people who don't let a death, no matter how devastating, ruin the rest of their lives.
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Old 12-06-2018, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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A beach house in warm weather and a German sheppard. Happy adult kids with happy grandbabies and I'm good.
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Old 12-06-2018, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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I would give up everything, health, wealth, whatever just to have my deceased wife back for a few days. You would be amazed at how empty everything can be when you lose your life mate.

I wish you well and a great retirement.

It does get better @Bygeorge. I lost my Boo, my rock at age 53 (his age) to cancer. There are days when I am absolutely livid by the deck I've been handed. There are days when I get pissed because with all the negative sterotypes about fatherless black males, my sons had an awesome dad who they looked up to and tried to emulate.
The worst day of my life is when I had to call my son who was away at college and tell him to come home because his dad wasn't going to make it.


What I try to do is remember that his life had purpose, he touched so many people, he was loved by so many and that the best thing for me and the boys could do is to become successful and lead happy lives.

It is very different and some times I see an old couple walking and holding hands and I want to hit some thing because I'm so mad, but there are happy times also.
I'm one year away from retiring and a lot of my being able to retire early is because of the good job my hubby did of taking care of me. I love and miss him so I'll live the best life I can to thank him.


wishing you much joy.
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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What would be a happy retirement for YOU?

To be able to live where I want to live.
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:41 AM
 
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What would be a happy retirement for YOU?

To be able to live where I want to live.
Jim9251, I still hope there is a way for you, either new type of housing where you want to be and can afford, maybe some kind of small job in town, how about housing up in Valley Heights? There's got to be a way.
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:52 AM
 
Location: equator
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What would be a happy retirement for YOU?

To be able to live where I want to live.
Where do you want to live? I didn't like Colorado either....
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:57 AM
 
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I’ll add two things to your list.

Unlimited books to read. Happily, the internet has made this possible, and digital books with adjustable font size and brightness should make reading possible longer, should my eyes start to fail.

The perfect balance of good company and happy solitude, a balance that will differ for each of us. And the self confidence to protect privacy, but with enough tact to avoid offending people.
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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For me, it would be one thing:

Good health.
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I've been retired for nearly three years now and I only planned for early retirement financially. There was no thought process as to where to live or what to do. We live by whims now.

I would say though that health is the most important aspect of retirement. It vastly determines your quality of life.
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Old 12-06-2018, 04:17 PM
 
Location: State of Denial
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I'm content with my retirement.


Hopefully, I'll have enough money to last me. I have a roof over my head, a good relationship and I get to travel a lot to exciting places. My health is holding up, mostly.


I'm not sure what more I'd want.
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