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Old Yesterday, 11:07 AM
 
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An interesting piece from BBC News... Catchy title aside - it touches on interesting facets of retirement and identity and includes quotes from a HBS professor and a couple of Noble laureates.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48882195
Judging by the first paragraph or two, I thought this was going to be a realistic look at a radical life change that may not be all sunshine and unicorns, although most people knock themselves out trying to make it appear as if it is, mostly on social media. Then it went off in another direction. I'd be interested in reading an article about the former situation!
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Old Yesterday, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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When I was forced onto pension, I used that opportunity to re-invent myself.

I went from targeting nuclear warheads while living underwater on a nuclear-powered submarine to today I am an organic farmer living in a dense forest on solar power.
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Old Yesterday, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
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When I was forced onto pension, I used that opportunity to re-invent myself.

I went from targeting nuclear warheads while living underwater on a nuclear-powered submarine to today I am an organic farmer living in a dense forest on solar power.
Many of my co-workers are former Nuke Submariners. I know an alarming quantity of people with this identical past experience. There must be far more submarines prowling the ocean's waters at any one time than the average man-in-the-street can imagine.
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Old Yesterday, 02:32 PM
 
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sub: my niece's husband got his blue nose and
now he has his organic free-range chicken ops.
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Old Yesterday, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Many of my co-workers are former Nuke Submariners. I know an alarming quantity of people with this identical past experience. There must be far more submarines prowling the ocean's waters at any one time than the average man-in-the-street can imagine.
I may know some of your co-workers.

While I can neither confirm nor deny where I have been, I have gotten a few medals for going places where we have never been and doing things that we can never admit to doing.

I would bet that most of your co-workers play golf too

There is a lot of stuff the average man on the street knows nothing about.



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sub: my niece's husband got his blue nose and now he has his organic free-range chicken ops.
I have 'blue nosed' a few times.

Thank him for his service, for me
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Old Yesterday, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I cannot relate to this article at all. I know hundreds of retirees and I don't know a single one that describes themselves by their former occupation. I don't know a single one that isn't proud to describe themselves as simply "retired". If pressed, they will answer questions about their old careers, but for the most part we've all happily moved on. I don't know who writes these weird articles.
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Old Yesterday, 06:21 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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I cannot relate to this article at all. I know hundreds of retirees and I don't know a single one that describes themselves by their former occupation. I don't know a single one that isn't proud to describe themselves as simply "retired". If pressed, they will answer questions about their old careers, but for the most part we've all happily moved on. I don't know who writes these weird articles.
My thoughts exactly. Sometimes it's hard to find out what kind of work a retiree used to do, even after knowing them for a few years. When someone ask me what kind of work I used to do, I just say Computer Stuff. Any more detail just gets blank stares.
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Old Yesterday, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I cannot relate to this article at all. I know hundreds of retirees and I don't know a single one that describes themselves by their former occupation. I don't know a single one that isn't proud to describe themselves as simply "retired". If pressed, they will answer questions about their old careers, but for the most part we've all happily moved on. I don't know who writes these weird articles.
Hmm, I signed on here as 'submariner'. I served on subs for 20 years, but in honesty I am now retired.
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Old Yesterday, 06:45 PM
 
Location: SLC
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It does vary based upon profession as well as individual. I am reminded of the widespread story of David Goodall, the Australian scientist who ended his life happily at 104, ends life happily at 104. He worked till very late - “Australia's oldest working scientist wins battle over office - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-38362307

Obviously, it doesn’t reflect everyone’s (or even majority’s) reality but it is hard to generalize.
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Old Today, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Maine
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It took me almost five full minutes to adjust to being retired. And when pressed about my former life, I just say civil servant. I wasn't actually a civil servant but that response usually ends the questioners interest.
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