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Old 06-12-2019, 12:59 PM
 
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An old drunken man I met the other day at a local event, used to be a major rock climber, asked me "What do you do for fun?" and I felt like I should be a hiker or biker or climber or whatever people seize around here... Then I thought that I'd have more fun talking to someone else! But I was polite.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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I've been retired for almost 15 years. Not yet 60. Retired military. Didn't need to work afterwards.

The other day my oldest niece asked me how i was enjoying retirement and i said "It's Ok".

I surprised myself. Am i supposed to be jumping with joy about it?

I do enjoy waking up when i want to get up.

I can go places if i want, but kind of hindered due to my pet responsibilites

People - make sure you are not encumbered and can take off at a moments notice!!

It just made me realize that i need to start appreciating what i have.

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.
Retirement may just be "ok," but working is hell after a certain number of years. Everything is relative.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:05 PM
 
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I don't get tired of folks asking me.
I like throwing them off.

For 2.5 months I was able to tell people that I was "homeless" but had a PO box
(I was staying in a monthly rental motel while looking for a place to buy.)

For 2.5 months I was an unemployed, homeless beach bum.
That got a lot more raised eyebrows then...retired, staying in a motel across the street from the beach.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:06 PM
 
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I've been retired for almost 15 years. Not yet 60..
I'm thinking maybe it's because you retired pretty young.



You didn't have to slog through working life as excruciatingly long as most people do, and it seems that retiring young would make you less ecstatic about being retired than you would have been if you had continued working until full retirement age and were raring to leave work behind you and be free from it.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:08 PM
 
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I'm thinking maybe it's because you retired pretty young.

You didn't have to slog through working life as excruciatingly long as most people do, and it seems that retiring young would make you less ecstatic about being retired than you would have been if you had continued working until full retirement age and were raring to leave work behind you and be free from it.

Working for a living is like banging your head against the wall. It feels soooo good when you stop
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:09 PM
 
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I think it's more a question of 'living life' than 'living retirement' for the OP.

Since the OP stopped working at about age 43 (or 40?) - I see it as 'living life' rather than retirement since when one stops working at such a young age, one has a whole lifetime left to live -

a whole lifetime to fill without work.

It helps to have a lot of interests (or ideas or activities or pastimes).
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:14 PM
 
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Everyone has their own ideal's for retirement and occupying our time. I do get tired of people who ask,"but what do you do with your time?" As if one must always have worthwhile pursuits. I think sometimes our Puritan work ethic pursues us into retirement. It tries to make me feel guilty for just goofing off and not working harder at having fun or self-improvement.
I agree with this, in blue. Same with what time one gets up in the morning - Puritan ethic!
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:20 PM
 
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I agree with this, in blue. Same with what time one gets up in the morning - Puritan ethic!
I'm of the southern European Mediterranean ethic and no one is going to guilt me into not doing what I don't feel like when I'm retired whether it be work, getting up at a certain time or having some kind of an ongoing schedule
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:25 PM
 
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I worked 38 years for the same global company and retired at 60. My wife has chronic health issues so that's my job now.

Traveled to London multiple times as well as Paris. Dozen times in Singapore by way of tokyo and Hong Kong. Cruised across soyger. Aatlantuc a d all over the med and caribbean. Wife could travel when I worked so went with me to fun places. I worked 50 hr weeks slow times to 80 hr weeks a few stretches.

Wife's health turned own so I retired. I don't want to climb aboard another plane or leave the house to cruise. So we have learned to love the simple life being home near great medical specialists who keep us running.

I left alot of my energy on the field at work and don't regret it for a minute. In fact I miss work and the people there but we like out time together and the slower pace at this age. Been retired 12 years it's perfect for out situation now.

All those travel spots mentioned we were there when I was working and we both had the energy to do the. And work. I have no urge to travel far and wide now, a good time is being home with our three small dogs enjoying our time together.

Rushi g arku d is for the young. Retirement is harder than it sounds. Learning to enjoy the simple things is what it's all about as nature takes hold and we age and mature in our wants and `needs`.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:35 PM
 
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I'm of the southern European Mediterranean ethic and no one is going to guilt me into not doing what I don't feel like when I'm retired whether it be work, getting up at a certain time or having some kind of an ongoing schedule
absolutely! completely agree! I never feel guilty either.

Nor do I follow traditions or conventions of behavior pertaining to what time one gets up or ongoing schedule, etc.

But a good number of people do feel compelled about those things.
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