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Old 03-04-2021, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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First day of freedom, not the last day of work. If I worked, I wasn't "retired".

I will say, retirement has been wonderful, even with Covid screwing up my plans to travel and play.

Every day I get up. Every night I set my head on a pillow. In between, whether I do something, or nothing or see someone or nobody, I am still being paid to do nothing, and living for "free". I don't have to do a thing to have a roof over my head and food in my stomach. The very concept defies logic, but is very welcome.

I am SOOOO fortunate to live in a day and age, and in a society where the concept of retirement was adopted and endures. For almost all of recorded history, and certainly prehistory, there was no such thing as retirement. You were independently wealthy or you were not. You were King and others provided everything for you to loaf and do nothing, or you were a serf and toiled for the King before yourself.

I am so blessed. Sometimes when I think about it, it boggles the mind how fortunate I am to be able to live day in and day out for doing nothing.

If you live 100% off your savings alone, then pat yourself on the back because you have funded your own "retirement". You earned it.

I mostly live off a pension and I can say I am blessed, humbled, and overwhelmingly grateful to the people paying for it so I can live month in and month out producing nothing of value for society. Oh, on paper the pension is paid for by investments, but somebody is still contributing to those investments, so I am grateful to all of them. Not quite a ponzi scheme as the investments produce as much as the contributions do, but still and all, I am grateful and appreciative.

There is no down side to retirement that I can see. Aging yes, retiring no.

Last edited by Igor Blevin; 03-04-2021 at 10:08 AM..
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