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Old Today, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Kronenwetter Wisconsin
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How wonderful. A friend of mine retired last year at 62 and this fall starts her 2nd year in law school. I admire both of you.
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Old Today, 10:08 AM
 
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As much as I love my area with all that there is to do around here; after 3 years of retirement I have decided to go back to work fulltime at age 61.
I retired unexpectedly without a plan in 2016. Had a great run in the pharmaceutical industry for 26 years. After a new supervisor made my life miserable, I had to get out. I had no pension and was too young for SS, but I had enough to retire on my savings. My home was paid off in 2014. I had to navigate Obamacare and ultimately wound up this year with a subsidy and a Gold Plan; after a cople of expensive years.

I have tried my best to stay busy since 2016: I've taken 9 mostly escorted vacations, several weeks long to places like China and Indonesia and Thailand. I earned an ESOL Teaching certificate and volunteered my services in various capacities. I took ice skating, archery, knitting, and swimming lessons. I took community college theatre and film courses too. I took up kayaking at my neighborhood lake. Even got US Citizenship in 2017.

This year, I realized for certain that I really did not want to be retired--it was the pharmaceutical industry that I wanted nothing to do with. I wanted to be a nurse again. I haven't worked in Nursing since 2006 (I used to moonlight). So this summer I enrolled in a RN Nursing Refresher Course. I'm finished the didactic and will finish the Clinical part this month. Theres a huge nationwide nursing shortage and I am assured that age will not be a factor, experienced nurses are in demand. My college doesn't charge people 60 and over tuition, so I paid a total of $500 in fees to get my license activated and original career back, a savings of $4500. There was also a nurse in my class older than me at 63!

My plan is to be a Psych Nurse at a Community Hospital and my school is going to help me get in. I worked in Pysch before and I loved it. I haven't touched my retirement money or exhausted my non retirement savings. Salary is not a big issue with me, its the work I am interested in. My school assures me I will not have to start at the bottom. I feel like I am getting my "life" back. In addition to wanting to help people in need; I need the social interaction and mental stimulation and challenge of paid work.

I'll still have time to do some volunteer ESOL work, as I anticipate working three 12 hour shifts a week, which is fulltime. I'll get healthcare benefits so will part ways with Obamacare.

I gave retirement a good effort but its just not my time.

Anybody else retired and then went back to work after a few years?
I think that is fabulous! Sounds like you really were not fulfilled, but you know what you want. Congrats!'
Seems like retiring "too early" gave you the kick you needed to do what you really love.

I am not yet retired, but will be, at 66. I know that I will have no desire to go back to work. For me, it's about having enough time to enjoy the things I want to do. I have already had a very satisfying career. Now I am looking forward to doing all the things that I have had to scale back on for so long.
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Old Today, 12:46 PM
 
Location: equator
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Good for you. I wonder what percentage of retirees are like this.

I know of 3: my dad who continued to perform physical therapy into his 80s as a volunteer, after he sold his practice. He just loved his work so much and was too energetic to keep still.

85 y/o friend who spent all her time volunteering at the cancer ward or chamber of commerce. She also could not "sit still".

Another 60s friend who became a masseuse after having a shoe store.

AND you're getting paid!

Once in awhile I envy this, but then I pick up a good book.
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Old Today, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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My wife and I retired at age 62 and relocated South. After about two years we both became a little bored and as we had no earned income, we could not continue funding IRA's. We both took part time jobs below our abilities but easy and simple. We each did 12 to 16 hours a week on a schedule that fit us. With the earned income, we kept funding IRA's. We did this for about 6 years then we finally retired.

I am now age 77 and only taking RMD's from the IRA's.
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Old Today, 04:33 PM
 
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Good for you. I wonder what percentage of retirees are like this.

I know of 3: my dad who continued to perform physical therapy into his 80s as a volunteer, after he sold his practice. He just loved his work so much and was too energetic to keep still.

85 y/o friend who spent all her time volunteering at the cancer ward or chamber of commerce. She also could not "sit still".

Another 60s friend who became a masseuse after having a shoe store.

AND you're getting paid!

Once in awhile I envy this, but then I pick up a good book.
Volunteering or starting a small business is different than needing someone to tell you what to do, what time to show up, etc.
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