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    _Robert_
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    OK, I did the math and it looks like I can drop out of the rat race early. Yeah. Always thought I would probably leave work in a six foot box. The stock market was very good to me (I invested most of my pay raises) but I am now buying long term, insured CD’s for an almost zero risk income source. I look way too young to be food shopping at 10AM on a Tuesday or to be driving 35 in a 50 zone but I am ready to give it a go.  Anybody have any tips on being retired?

    #26101

    JadeBlackOlive
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    My husband retired early, & is busier now with doing as he pleases….gardening, yard work, model trains, home maintenance, coffee in town with his pals. He always has something to do, & is never bored.

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    Simon Paynton
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    All the time in the world to do whatever you like?  No more stress?  Sounds terrible.

    Boredom can be a problem, but at our age, there’s only so much time to fill.

    #26104

    _Robert_
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    My husband retired early, & is busier now with doing as he pleases….gardening, yard work, model trains, home maintenance, coffee in town with his pals. He always has something to do, & is never bored.

    I like all of those things except for trains. I do love playing music and gardening, I am working on a to-do list 😉

     

    #26105

    _Robert_
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    All the time in the world to do whatever you like? No more stress? Sounds terrible. Boredom can be a problem, but at our age, there’s only so much time to fill.

    I was so stressed out, managing a team of engineers and responsible for  20 or 30 million dollar projects. Now the big issue will be preparing a healthy lunch.

    #26107

    Simon Paynton
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    I find it’s good to meditate for 10 – 20 minutes in the morning, to settle myself down and stop feeling restless.  Breathing and walking meditations are the ones I use.

    #26108

    _Robert_
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    I find it’s good to meditate for 10 – 20 minutes in the morning, to settle myself down and stop feeling restless. Breathing and walking meditations are the ones I use.

    Maybe smoke a spliff and iditate

    Iditate
    English Translation meditate

    Example SentencesPatois: Sit dung silent an Iditate bout di problem.

    English: Sit down silently an meditate about the problem.

    Related Words Babylon , Ball head , Blessed , Bobo dread ,

    #26109

    Simon Paynton
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    lol

    #26156

    Ivy
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    Congratulations Robert! I’m insanely jealous lol….

     

    if i were you I would buy a house in Ajijic Mexico and live the dream and get the HELL out of the US.

    #26172

    WayneMan
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    I retired a bit early (57) and still loving it after 12 years. I have always stayed busy. We bought a retirement toy (camper/boat) which kept us busy a lot of the time for 10 years. Then I tore my rotator cuff a couple years back and made a decision to sell it. Still keep pretty busy with yard and gardens (almost 4 acres), and do a lot of pro bono work for friends, neighbors, and relatives fixing or upgrading computers. Used to do volunteer work at Habitat For Humanity, but getting to old and achy for that now (LOL). And have become more politically active by following what’s going on and write letters to U.S. and state legislators at least once or twice a week.

    #26863

    Glen D
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    @_Robert_

    I retired from the civil service, and paid employment at age 51. As luck would have it, I worked with a guy who had written 2 books on Commonwealth Superannuation. I took his advice. The result has been a comfortable retirement. I live in ‘modest comfort’.IE  I can afford that new car every few years, perhaps a trip overseas. AND of course, can pursue my interest in computers and new tech generally. However, I own my own home. Do not drink, smoke, gamble, go out with dancing girls, and never use credit.

     

    I offer one piece of advice, which  simply didn’t occur to me:

    FOR GOODNESS SAKE: Have retirement plan!  Clearly work out how you are going to spend your time. That does not mean some vague notion of “doing things I’ve always wanted to do.” Make a written plan. On retiring you suddenly find you have what, 9 hours a day or more to fill.

    Thus endeth the lesson. Enjoy  your retirement

     

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by  Glen D.
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