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Old 01-14-2014, 07:01 AM   #29
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Retirement may not be everyone, but it is just right for me.
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I'm sure glad I hear 99% of you retired folks, didn't look back....Myself, I have a little under 2-1/2 years...But will only be 53...I figured that will give me a good 15 - 20 years to hike, swim, ski, golf just about when I want....where I want. I think most of the posters here on this thread are coming more from the professional side of employment...I'm just your run of the mill laborer .... working stiff...

The last 5 years I have been really watching how I protect my body from this job that can wear you down physically, especially knees and hips. I'm working on the mental part now....I can't get myself worked up over stupid stuff...just have to walk away. Let the young pups fight it out.
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Old 01-14-2014, 07:43 AM   #31
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I would have to say the paycheck. Not to be full of myself but I always liked solving problems that my boss never seemed to be able to.
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:50 AM   #32
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Good thread!

What do I miss? I retired in 2003 and have had time to think about it.

I miss my really cool big Ford Super Duty 4x4 company vehicle and the credit card assigned to it. If I had to choose just one to get back, it would be the credit card.

That is it.
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A week after I retired I called in sick one morning. Just for fun you know.

There is a govt study published in a book called "The Governmental Grid". We had to read it in Management School. What it details is what happens to folks when they retire with no clear path or plans, or what happens if one spouse dies unexpectedly. I have thought about that now for twenty or more years and I believe the findings were accurate.

If you retire with no hobby or plan you will live on an average of two to four years before you have a life threatening event such as a heart attack or cancer. If a spouse dies within two years the surviving spouse will also suffer some serious malady. These aren't predictions, they are facts taken from the govt monitoring their retiring employees. They could do this because of the retirement system.

The key is have something that turns you on before you retire. Doesn't matter if it's panning for gold or knitting scarves. Just have something to keep you interested.

Another problem is that for a lot of people their job is their identity, ie. "Joe the Plumber", "Edward the Doctor", Emily the Accountant". Then when they retire they don't know who they are anymore. Whatever you choose, just choose something. You can always find something else later.

The best medicine is to be happy!

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There are only two things I miss, some of the people I had worked with that were friends and the MONEY.

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Old 01-14-2014, 09:15 AM   #35
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Really liked my work doing system software and hardware support. Hated my job at the end when management seemed to become more and more ridiculous.

I love not working. Am getting better at procrastinating. Seriously, I can always find something to do. When I get tired of this I will find a job bagging groceries or something.
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Ha! I wrote 1401 assembler so I got you beat. And no, I don't miss it one little bit!
I used to operate one of those doggone boat anchors! Lemme see, now... Press A, press B, flip toggle switch, or was it press B first,? Hmmm. Can't remember, that's a long time ago.
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:29 AM   #37
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Retired USAF 1972 and I don;t miss a damn thing....I'll be 80 next year..Worked as a theater mgr for 18 years and dont miss that either. I love laying around and doing nothing (er very little) Dont work on my rv anymore because I can afford to have someone else do it. And over the years it has been a good unit.. (96 Damon Intruder) very little maint required, Nothing broke.. (yeah really !) Even that notorious in tank fuel pump still working (knock on wood) and the "god awful" transmission still working just fine..Life is good..Exercise and walk a mile every day. Have some aching joints but who the hell doesnt at almost 80. You folks have a nice day and dont worry too much about not doing anything and stay away from Doctors them guys will kill ya...
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I'm sure glad I hear 99% of you retired folks, didn't look back....Myself, I have a little under 2-1/2 years...But will only be 53...I figured that will give me a good 15 - 20 years to hike, swim, ski, golf just about when I want....where I want. I think most of the posters here on this thread are coming more from the professional side of employment...I'm just your run of the mill laborer .... working stiff...

The last 5 years I have been really watching how I protect my body from this job that can wear you down physically, especially knees and hips. I'm working on the mental part now....I can't get myself worked up over stupid stuff...just have to walk away. Let the young pups fight it out.
Do not hesitate to retire early. I did at 55 and spent 10 good winters somewhere warm, but yesterday I had to cancel 3 months reservations for a park in Fl. the doc says I need 7 to 8 weeks of radiation. figure I better not delay, so I can have many more.
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I have been retired for 2 years and I still don't miss a thing.
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I don't miss getting up at 4 AM, the 35 mile each way commute that on average took 1 hour each way. Don't miss dealing with personnel issues. Don't miss getting a call at 3:50 PM when quiting time is 4 PM that a piece field equipment is down that has to be running that night and finding out the operator knew about it since 10 AM. Don't miss getting a call at 1 AM that an engine or generator is down. I have plenty to keep me busy around the house and working on the MH.

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Been 4 years now. Don't miss the pressure and daily crisis. All my family and friends were horrified what might become of me after retirement. Did I thrive on crisis? Would I turn the mundane into crisis? Well guess what. No hobbies, no crisis, no worries. Amazingly, nothing even gets started before 11am! Once it does, the day is 2/3 over. Where does the time go. The first year I was mad because I couldn't sleep past 5:30am! As time went on, It's rare if I open my eyes before 8am! Yeah!
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Interesting read ....

I suppose we all can relate to almost everything mentioned in these posts.

In my case, I really do NOT miss a darn thing. Well, let me take that back. I retired from the Air Force in 1991 after 26 years and, believe it or not, I still miss the military. Every time I go onto a military base somewhere I get those pleasant feelings of belonging and satisfaction in my job.

After that I spent almost 20 years in another career but took an early retirement, mainly because I saw the writing on the wall prior to our current administration. I'm not trying to make this political but I really did fear the future. I sold the sticks and bricks before the crash. I pulled my money out of the 401K before the crash. I settled into the RV lifestyle back then and wouldn't trade it for the world.

Some mentioned missing a paycheck. Funny, but with my pensions, savings from the 401K and Social Security I make more in retirement then I did when working ... or it seems so as I have a lot more free money.

Many mentioned missing the interaction with other people. That's hard to do when you travel in an RV. If you are the least bit outgoing, you meet and interact with people constantly. That is unless you go to one site and stay in the RV.

All in all, I think these retirement years are the best years of my life. I'm not getting shot at, I'm not getting blamed for stuff I didn't do just so the boss can get out of trouble with his boss. I don't have any sort of daily "grind."

And in closing ... to reemphasize what many others have said .... The key is to STAY ACTIVE. How can you help not to ... when you travel in an RV!?!
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