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Old 03-23-2007, 09:42 PM
 
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"So, what are you DOING with yourself nowadays? Are you WORKING?"

No, I'm relaxing, enjoying life, doing whatever I want whenever I want. Life is glorious! How about you?

I'd wager the questions would stop...
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:50 PM
 
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Default Hey redbeard5! Oklamoma is great for retirement.


I purchased a place on Grand Lake that I presently rent out, but plan to retire there in about 2 years. I have the same attitude as you do. But I will stay put in Oklahoma and maybe travel down to my fish camp on Toledo Bend Lake when it gets too cold. I grew up on a lake in Northern Minnesota and have been moving south ever since looking for another lake(s) to call home. Oklahoma folks are really great if you are a country boy at heart. I enjoyed your post.


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Not retired yet, but I will be, at 47 yrs old, in 38 months and 8 days. And unlike most of my co-workers that retire, I WILL NOT get another job. I plan on moving back to Oklahoma where I would be able to live very comfortably and not have to worry about money.

As far as plans for retirement, I already have a cross country motorcycle trip planned that will probably take 2 months to complete. I also have friends all across this great nation, so If I wake up in the morning and decide I want to go visit so and so, I'll pack up my bike and hit the road. I also plan on playing golf everyday! If I ever decided to get a job, to kill a few hours a week, it would be at a golf course so I could get free green fees. Other than that, I plan on sitting on my fat ass and chillin'.
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Old 03-24-2007, 02:58 AM
 
Location: Woodland Park
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When they ask you what you do with all that free time, say "Whatever I want!" with a smile. How I look forward to the day I can say that!
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Old 03-24-2007, 06:53 AM
 
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Feel guilty? No way! I will retire when I am 56. I will have worked at the same place for 30 years. Week after week, some weekends, working when I am home. After a year "off," I plan on working part-time at something low pressure and doing volunteer work.
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Old 03-24-2007, 03:57 PM
 
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Feel guilty? No way! I will retire when I am 56. I will have worked at the same place for 30 years. Week after week, some weekends, working when I am home. After a year "off," I plan on working part-time at something low pressure and doing volunteer work.
I so completely agree: The "low pressure" element is key!

I feel I've done my time, and I too was a workaholic -- cursed with an overactive work ethic, I suppose! I'd look at others who never gave work a single thought other than between 9-5, Mon-Fri, or whose philosophy was to never do a whit more than what was asked or required and think: How are they able to be that way? Sometimes I was quite envious.

As for my guilty feelings, they only pop up when I'm with family and certain friends; it's by no means a constant thing! Otherwise I do feel very fortunate. Sometimes that old work ethic does rear its head and whisper in my ear "You really COULD look for a part-time job now, you know" .... but it quickly gets pushed back down under the bushel where it belongs!
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Old 03-25-2007, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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You only live one life. Do what feels best for you and don't feel guilty for a single second. Heck, I am only 42 and would LOVE to be retired. My life is so busy with watching movies,playing with my dogs and doing stained glass art, that I don't have time to work hehe I will tell you that I only work two or three days a week and sometimes feel guilty but then again, I live a very modest lifestyle. No expensive cars,rarely dine out and no designer clothes or handbags,shoes,no vacations ect..but life is good cause I find that if I did what most of my friends were doing(working full time,kids,keeping up with the latest trends) I would be very unhappy.
Good luck to you
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Retired at 54 from the Federal Govt. No sense of guilt at all. A little adjustment period the first few month after 34 years of attending many long meetings, discussing and analyzing budgets, preparing and reviewing metrics and proposing plans, but why feel guilty about leaving this stuff?

If you can afford to retire, and be financially independent, why concern yourself with the perception of others? Anybody who would resent this is foolish, you obviously were sufficiently lucky or a good planner to pull it off, and much of life does not have to do with work.

Much of work isn't really productive anyway if you think about it.
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Old 04-04-2007, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Retired at 54 from the Federal Govt. No sense of guilt at all. A little adjustment period the first few month after 34 years of attending many long meetings, discussing and analyzing budgets, preparing and reviewing metrics and proposing plans, but why feel guilty about leaving this stuff?

If you can afford to retire, and be financially independent, why concern yourself with the perception of others? Anybody who would resent this is foolish, you obviously were sufficiently lucky or a good planner to pull it off, and much of life does not have to do with work.

Much of work isn't really productive anyway if you think about it.
Me too. My agency had an early-out & buyout authority, so I took it and left 2 years early at 53. Never working again.
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Old 04-04-2007, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Have any of you had to decide to accept a lower pension rate for early retirement? If so, did you accept the lower pension or opt to wait?

I ask because my medical school pension is not being offered to me as an early retiree at its full level.
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Old 04-04-2007, 01:00 PM
 
Location: VA
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Default As long as you have a sense of purpose, its Ok

My father retired early and it hurt him. He used to tell anyone who would listen how happy he was not working but would always be talking about how wonderful his job and career was and would always talk about the past and his career success. He lived for the past and really did not have a sense of purpose once he retired.

When I retire I want to work part time teaching and have a long list of things to keep me busy.

I was unemployed for awhile and would go to the Mall and see all these old men sitting in the same chair watching everyone walk by. They looked alone and bored. I use to wonder if they were important people once who had lots people hanging on their every word. Now in retirementl, they were all alone.
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