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Old 12-08-2018, 04:58 PM
 
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I actually loved my jobs as a biologist. I got to travel the world spending months at a time doing field work in remote areas and generally having a blast seeing the world. I look back at my life and am extremely grateful I had those opportunities, because being immersed in so many different cultures taught me a lot about the world I live in beyond my own little world at home. But my last job was more sedentary, so even though I also enjoyed it, when I could afford to retire a little early, I did.

I don't miss working so much as I miss the people and the mental stimulation. Volunteering twice a week helps with the isolation of retirement, since I live alone. It's the perfect solution for me. I've developed new friendships through volunteering, and I have part of my week scheduled, but free time for hobbies, puttering around the house, etc. I can give short notice to the hospital and miss some volunteer shifts, as we all cover for each other when someone is going to be out. I think I have things arranged pretty well for this stage of my life.
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Old 12-08-2018, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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Nope. Not one bit. Miss the people and Officers but definitely not the job. I'm happy and content on being a civilian.
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Old 12-08-2018, 07:04 PM
 
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I don't miss working at all ! I do miss being healthy enough to work.Retirement fund went sideways.
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Old 12-08-2018, 08:12 PM
 
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I thought I would miss working, but nope, not even for a minute.
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Old 12-08-2018, 09:11 PM
 
Location: S.W. Florida
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Iím almost 64 and retired 2 years. I miss a lot of things about work, especially some of the people I spent countless hours with over a 45 year career. I do not miss certain things about my job, but I do miss the routine somewhat. I could go to work someplace tomorrow and be fine with it, or not. All in all, retirement is what you make of it, and I think Iíve done a poor job so far of making it enjoyable.
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Old 12-08-2018, 09:44 PM
 
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I haven't missed work for a second.

I will renew my licence for 3 years only to protect myself in case of a major market crash. Haven't worked in 3 years and 3 more to be safe.
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Old 12-08-2018, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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I've been retired for nearly 12 years now, being fortunate enough to be able to retire with a federal pension just short of turning 55.

I miss some of the challenges associated with large work projects, and things associated with team building, and seeing the growth and enhanced abilities in some folks as a result of their successes. I also miss some of the relationships I had built over the years, but like others have stated work relationships often end when work is over.

But overall the negatives were sufficient to make me glad to be retired.
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Old 12-08-2018, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I enjoyed working for many years. I did grow weary toward the end of my working life. Things just kept changing, and I grew weary of the changes.

I have never wished to go back to work. I am happy in my retirement, which I consider a great gift.
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:17 AM
 
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About 20 years ago, I found my dream vocation. I wrote books about old houses and then turned it into a full-time gig. I traveled throughout the country lecturing and doing book talks and getting PAID MONEY!

I enjoyed my career and had a lot of fun and met so many delightful people.

Now, at age 59, I cringe when someone asks me to do a lecture, and I don't like "traveling for work."

My point is, even something delightful and fun can turn into drudgery after a couple decades. I'm grateful that I can work part time and make a few dollars here and there, but I don't have to slave away 60+ hours a week anymore.
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Old 12-09-2018, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Podunk, IA
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OP is only 22 and hasn't had the pleasure of being beat down after decades of soul-sucking jobs.

Fortunately, I haven't had this issue.
I don't really know if I'll miss working... there are pro and cons to it.

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About 20 years ago, I found my dream vocation. I wrote books about old houses and then turned it into a full-time gig. I traveled throughout the country lecturing and doing book talks and getting PAID MONEY!

I enjoyed my career and had a lot of fun and met so many delightful people.

Now, at age 59, I cringe when someone asks me to do a lecture, and I don't like "traveling for work."

My point is, even something delightful and fun can turn into drudgery after a couple decades. I'm grateful that I can work part time and make a few dollars here and there, but I don't have to slave away 60+ hours a week anymore.
That's the issue with turning a favorite hobby in to a job. It's no longer a hobby, it's a job!
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