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Old Today, 10:25 AM
 
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As long as I have enough money for my house, car and food and dogs, I'm doing fine. Oh, and taxes. Retirement doesn't require anything else, for me.

With my fatigue problem, I have no interest in travel. I bought a rental house with my emergency money and am renting to friends, who will take my dogs in if anything sudden happens to me. They will try to buy the house from me when they can. Maybe then I'll have some energy for travel. But if not, I moved to the only place (mountain Colorado) where I really wanted to visit.

If I did travel, I think I'd like to do volunteer vacations or Road Scholar trips.
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Old Today, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Florida -
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I started-out with nothing ... and have most of it left! --- Not really. We've always done well financially (or certainly better than during my growing-up years, in a single-parent, low income earner home).

The matter of whether one is better or worse off than others pretty much depends on the direction one is facing at the moment. For most, one doesn't have to look very far to find people in both categories. But, unless they are paying your bills and supporting you -- or vice-versa, what possible difference does it make? ... particularly post-retirement, when there is generally very little one can do to change their lot in life.
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Old Today, 11:13 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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It is just a way of life for me.


Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.



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I love this. So much truth.

Everyone's situation is different and so much depends upon the luck of the draw. If I had to compare people by their income and possessions, I know a few who have a lot but are boring braggarts, I know some who have a lot but got it by being mean and selfish, I know some who have a lot but got it simply by inheriting it.

I know some who have lost out--due to medical expenses, divorce late in life, losing their house in the last recession, theft.

Maybe that's why we're told to not discuss money except with very close family. It breeds hurt for those who suffered loss and it only adds fuel to the fire for those who love to show off or to cheat people. For everyone else, what's the point. There are other things in life; enjoy them!
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Old Today, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Metropolis IL
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It is better not to compare what you have to others as it could all be lost in a moment.
Other than collapse of the federal government, I'm safe.
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Old Today, 11:19 AM
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I just realized we were doing better than most yet didn't spend time to consider it much prior
It really doesn't matter. Matters more when you are younger still trying to prove yourself.

Financially better but not due to increased wealth but more due to security.
1. Better healthcare & coverage than most everyone
2. No real risk of loosing our abode to enormous healthcare bills.
3. The ability to supply some of our organic food. The goal to supply most of it yet still learning
4. Hills all around to keep fit. Reservoirs and Rivers abound
5. Peaceful, clean air (usually) & endless clean water

The closest town of 2k does not offer a hospital or 24 hr medical clinic nor an organic restaurant/stand. This is the only downfall

30 min to a larger town of 2k
50 min to a town of -13K, 16k, & 14k
1.5 hrs to NV where we do our monthly shopping trip
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Old Today, 11:33 AM
 
Location: California
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I love this. So much truth.

Everyone's situation is different and so much depends upon the luck of the draw. If I had to compare people by their income and possessions, I know a few who have a lot but are boring braggarts, I know some who have a lot but got it by being mean and selfish, I know some who have a lot but got it simply by inheriting it.

I know some who have lost out--due to medical expenses, divorce late in life, losing their house in the last recession, theft.

Maybe that's why we're told to not discuss money except with very close family. It breeds hurt for those who suffered loss and it only adds fuel to the fire for those who love to show off or to cheat people. For everyone else, what's the point. There are other things in life; enjoy them!
Exactly, everything that can counts, can't be counted.
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Old Today, 11:34 AM
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So you contacted a person you knew 15 years ago in high school, who isn't close enough to you these days for you to even have mentioned to him previously that you signed a contract to purchase a condo in his neighborhood, and yet out of the blue he tells you his entire financial history, including his salary, who's paying his mortgage, how he's struggling to pay all his bills, etc.?

Interesting.
What's interesting about it?
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Old Today, 12:19 PM
 
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This dude is really barely scraping by. He has no slack in his life, and likely no luxuries. Compared to him, I'm doing incredibly well. Compared to most of the people on this board, I'm dirt poor.

In sum, I'm doing better than the vast majority of my peers. Did you, and when did you realize you did better than those of a similar background?
You do realize that everyone has different circumstances in their lives, don't you? We don't all start in the same place, and we don't all end up in the same place. Life happens.
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Old Today, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Rust'n in Tustin
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Agreed, but when people do nothing to prepare for their own retirement, it's not my fault.

And don't get me started on millennials that cry about not having anything. Guess what, when I was a kid I didn't have anything either.

Worse are the adults that cry about socialism. You're not getting anything of mine, ever.
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Old Today, 12:48 PM
 
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Someday someone's going to explain to me exactly how that is possible.

'Cause it always sounds like sour grapes when the not-so-well-off say it.
My personal favorite is that anyone who has a nice house and car is in debt up to their eyeballs. Um, no.
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