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Old 12-07-2018, 12:31 AM
 
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...7. Contentment ...

And all of this to be followed by a peaceful and painless death.
This is how I would abridge my list... for retirement, and for life overall.

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7. Contentment has never been one of my goals in life. It is more a lack of contentment that pushes me forward.
As I keep reiterating, without cynicism or smarmy attempt at pith - the whole goal of my life, is to eschew and disavow goals. I want to be at peace with whatever IS, training myself to reject anything more. This however has been an impossibly ambitious goal.
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Old 12-07-2018, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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I have a perfect retirement.

My wife and I love each other dearly, and are the same age.
We have no financial concerns.
We live in a beautiful home, in a beautiful setting.
We both lead active lives with wonderful friends, and have the respect of our community.

It doesn't get any better than this.
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Old 12-07-2018, 01:25 AM
 
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For my husband and me -- we have the same goals -- it would have:

1. Enough money to support us until we die.

2. Living in the location we want in the kind of house we want, and living there until we die.

3. Good food and wine, and the ability to enjoy both.

4. Good mental and physical health until we are 80, and mostly good health after that until we die.

5. Enjoyable pastimes.

6. No bothersome or annoying relatives or neighbors.

7. Contentment with what we have -- with no anger, bitterness or resentment about what we don't have.


And all of this to be followed by a peaceful and painless death.


What would your "happy retirement" be?
I don't think you could have said it any better. Ditto!
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:08 AM
 
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I have a perfect retirement.

My wife and I love each other dearly, and are the same age.
We have no financial concerns.
We live in a beautiful home, in a beautiful setting.
We both lead active lives with wonderful friends, and have the respect of our community.

It doesn't get any better than this.
I think you just defined the American dream. Not always easy to achieve but in this country we all have that chance, just have to work for it.
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Old 12-07-2018, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Asheville NC
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Originally Posted by Larry Caldwell View Post
I have a perfect retirement.

My wife and I love each other dearly, and are the same age.
We have no financial concerns.
We live in a beautiful home, in a beautiful setting.
We both lead active lives with wonderful friends, and have the respect of our community.

It doesn't get any better than this.
I thought about posting the same, but hesitated. Was concerned about being called a braggart, as often happens here when one expresses success.

Glad for you. We are happy and content. Will add that we have a wonderful, close family as well as friends.
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:12 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Hey, I get to brag here. Happiness in retirement in addition to the OP is when I get to spend hours in my painting class. Yesterday, I braved the rain here in California with my Wellington boots(I just bought from UK this summer), and my rain coat, to go to my art class which was cancelled by my art teacher. Talk about dedication. Just a few students there. But I came close to finish this large painting. When I came home, I couldn’t calm down and sleep. I was still moved by my painting. It’s turning out beautiful, better than the photo I took on my vacation.
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:21 AM
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Location: USA
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Originally Posted by Larry Caldwell View Post
I have a perfect retirement.

My wife and I love each other dearly, and are the same age.
We have no financial concerns.
We live in a beautiful home, in a beautiful setting.
We both lead active lives with wonderful friends, and have the respect of our community.

It doesn't get any better than this.
Winner/winner.

We have the first two points covered and with the relocation in a few years, hope to achieve the last two bullets. Both of us enjoy helping others are really want to be active in our church hoping that our efforts to help others will translate into others helping us as we age. We're moving to an area where we know half a dozen people already including one couple with a severly disabled daughter. We'd like to help them out and let them go out on more "dates" and even take off on a weekend together. They would die for that!

Man plans/God laughs/fingers-crossed.
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:22 AM
 
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One that makes me happy, contented and free of conflict!
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Old 12-12-2018, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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My list is pretty similar.

1. House paid off
2. ability to afford a reliable car
3. enough money to pay household bills without having to constantly budget down to the last nickel
4. after #3 I would love to save enough extra to do a little traveling to visit relatives once or twice a year
5. above all the good health to be able to enjoy all of the above
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Old 12-12-2018, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Perfect health and scads of money would do it for me!!!!
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