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Old 07-05-2022, 07:44 PM   #51
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I'll be 62 in September. I retired 13 months ago after working for 45 years and have not slowed down a bit. I will tell you that I did not LOVE the job I retired from. I enjoyed it but did not love it. I've actually had people firmly tell me that retiring from a good job at my age is stupid... To each their own. I don't know how many guys I've known work till they get sick, and THEN retire and try to enjoy life.. I am doing things I LOVE now, and most of the time with the one I love. Bonus!

One thing I do is I do all my own work around the house. Only pay folks for stuff I CAN'T do. A/C, roof.. etc.. I look at yard work (mowing, edging, cleaning) as exercise. Gets my heart rate up for a couple of hours. Good sweat. Bike, travel, camp, hunt, fish, build stuff, clean... Keep an active mind. No laying on the couch watching Okra.. Oprah! Just keep active.

I actually took on a paying part time gig at a ranch. Kinda just fell in my lap. Dozing, mowing, disking, haying, preparing the fields for this coming duck and deer season. Really enjoying that!
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Old 07-05-2022, 07:47 PM   #52
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I retired about 18 months ago at the ripe old age of 50. I love every day of it. Usually start the day with a 3 mile walk around our neighborhood. After that, I do whatever I want to do.

Earlier this year, I took 4 fishing trips to Costa Rica and 1 to Guatemala. I spent a couple days last week with my uncle fishing on Lake Texoma. Today my Realtor and I went and looked at a couple investment properties. Tomorrow I’m going to lunch with a former colleague.

Life is short and I’m going to spend what time I have left doing what I want to do.
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Old 07-05-2022, 07:55 PM   #53
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Only 48 months to go then I will look for a hunting gig somewhere LOL! Would like to manage a ranch where I can do a few chores a day and feed the animals then guide during the season. Have a buddy that does it and he loves his new job.
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Old 07-05-2022, 08:03 PM   #54
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I work a business I started 10 months after I retired.
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Old 07-05-2022, 08:14 PM   #55
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I retired 20 years ago in May. I owned my own company and before that worked crazy amounts of hours in other jobs. I tell people now I donít know how I ever had time for a job. I have lots of things I like to do so filling my days is never a problem. Best of luck to you. I hope you enjoy retirement as much as I do.


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Old 07-05-2022, 08:43 PM   #56
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I retired at 62. Thirteen years ago.
You know how hard you worked on the weekends while you are working?
Well everyday is a weekend.
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Old 07-05-2022, 08:45 PM   #57
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Life is like a void- you give up work and retire. This does not mean you do nothing (unless you chose and you probably won't last long) you simply refocus your time from work related activities to self selected activities.

The #1 thing you must maintain in retirement is good health in order to enjoy it. It is more important than money. You can have money, but w/o good health you will not enjoy retirement.

What activities did you develop outside of work while you were working?

I have been retired for about 15 yrs and have not been bored any day other than illness or health issue related. I don't think I could maintain a full-time job now- too busy.

Since retirement I have occupied my time with church related work, hunting activities, golfing and traveling and activities with my wife.

I was in personnel management for 35 years so I had a lot of contact with people retiring. One thing I learned from them was do not retire until you are ready and committed to retirement. You do not want to retire with regrets afterward.

Wishing you the best and hope you make wise decisions concerning your retirement.
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Old 07-05-2022, 09:58 PM   #58
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I retired 20 years ago in May. I owned my own company and before that worked crazy amounts of hours in other jobs. I tell people now I donít know how I ever had time for a job. I have lots of things I like to do so filling my days is never a problem. Best of luck to you. I hope you enjoy retirement as much as I do.


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You must have been fairly young when you retired based on your avatar pic

Iím only 48 but heck I think about retirement. Maybe Iím just jealous of you guys
Iím too old to transition to something but Iím convinced there are days Iím burned out on what I do. I feel like what I do doesnít really impact lives & is just a daily grind. Many times I wished I had a career that had an impact on others that I could see more value in what I do
Meanwhile Iíll stay focused on my retirement
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Old 07-05-2022, 10:43 PM   #59
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Envious of you folks retiring around 50 or so. I'll be 65 in October. Looking to retire next April. Should be OK financially wise. ya don't get rich as a state worker. I plan to revitalize my fishing activities. Haven't fished much in years even though I really enjoy it. May get a boat and take my grandson fishing.

But, as stated earlier, plan to continue to work out & stay active. Hard for me to stay inside ...well, unless it is a gazillion degrees outside.
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Old 07-05-2022, 11:45 PM   #60
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I’m 66 and retired 1 1/2 years ago. I have a little side business that does more to occupy me than supplement my income but I enjoy it. I have a small homestead that I raise a garden on and I have a few livestock. I really enjoy taking care of my place. Then there’s riding my motorcycle, a little charity work and playing on TBH. Just playing on TBH can take up a lot of time during the day. I try to exercise at least every other day if not more. I’ve found that since I retired the days just fly by.
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Old 07-06-2022, 12:47 AM   #61
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59 and retired march 1,2022 after working 38 yrs of shift work. first thing i did was take down the blackout shades in the bedroom. stay busy doing all the projects that built up while working shift work. working on some bucket list items. i do some catering on the side and manage to stay busy. start every morning with sportscenter and internet and one very spoiled chiahuahua!
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Old 07-06-2022, 02:31 AM   #62
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I ain't married so I can tell you what I'd do. Whatever I wanted to do. Retirement would be awesome. I'll probably be one that works until I die so I won't know that feeling but I'd imagine it's pretty awesome.

I could be wrong. But with my luck I'll retire at 70 and die the next day. Hopefully I don't make it that long but it's possible.

Fish,hunt,drink some beers,gamble a little, go to some of those bars where girls dance nekkid....know what I'm talkin about? Just have fun.... You made it. Have fun for those of us who can't.

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Old 07-06-2022, 04:01 AM   #63
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For the first few months it's okay. You live at the ranch, shoot pigs and deer with impunity. You catch up on some projects. Then you do what you do. I built and sold feeder pen panels, deer stand platforms, feeders.
Then you realize being 50 years old, retired and capable is just not gonna cut it.
I realized my friend who made that statement about wondering how they had time to work on the past were enjoying the gun range, grandkids and such.
I also realized the got fat, lost their drive for the things they use to do and honestly, got old.
With my skill set I can still make good money, afford a whole lot more than just my retirement income allows, do something that I find challenging and full filling as well as take a week when I want to to enjoy life. Sleep in on a Tuesday because we stayed out in the pool late with the grandkids. I work as hard as I need to making the money I want to and ease way back during hunting season to enjoy it.
Plus, I like to work. I like the satisfaction of solving problems, making a difference and walking away at the end of a job knowing it was well done.
Sitting at home feeding the chickens is for someone else. At least until I'm old enough that my body say no mas.

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Old 07-06-2022, 06:41 AM   #64
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Retirement is going to be what you make out of it. Like a lot of other things in life, retirement is going to give back as much as you put in to it

There are a ton of things you can do if you put your mind to it. Some can be very rewarding (volunteering, there are a lot of folks and organizations that need help), others can just be fun i.e. things you enjoy (gardening, hiking, photography, fishing & hunting).

I retired at 51 but unfortunately I was not totally healthy as I had been involved in a vehicle accident. I am still not 100% but getting better. Staying in shape was initially a challenge, now I go to the gym just about every day. So that part is getting covered.

I have not read all of the responses but I have read enough to see some say they love retirement while others mentioned going back to work because they were bored. The awesome part of being financially secure to the point you can retire is that you can do either.

After retirement, I have used a lot of time to get closer to our Lord, Jesus Christ. A long time a go I choose a road that took me down the wrong path and I am thankfully working my way towards being spiritually right.

Congrats on making it to a point you can retire! Donít let other folks sway you in or out of retirement. Sit down think about what you want to do and get after it. Best of luck to you.
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Old 07-06-2022, 07:19 AM   #65
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Retired at 60 I'm 77 now..Aint never run out of something to do..The best part is I get to pick and choose what and when..
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Old 07-06-2022, 10:56 AM   #66
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I fish on some days, go to the ranch which is only a 30 minute drive and fill feeders, pull camera cards, check the owners lodge. I bought a tractor so somedays I do some pond building, road work, or mow. We have a 3 acre pond that has been neglected so the owner has given me the go ahead to get it fixed up. My owner has me working on a solar project that takes up some of my time.
Of course I have some stuff my bride wants done.
We have traveled some and I want to do more.
Bucket list hunts and fishing trips starting this year.
And sometimes I grab a beer or a glass of Eagle Rare around 2:00 p.m. and a Cuesta Rey and watch my bird dogs lay in the shade.
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Old 07-06-2022, 10:58 AM   #67
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why retire? Just shoot yourself.
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Old 07-06-2022, 12:07 PM   #68
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I've been working 50 plus hours a week since I was 17. I'm 62 now and thinking about retirement.
What do you do to fill your day?
most of the time; whatever I want.
If you want to keep working, then get paid for it.
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Old 07-06-2022, 02:33 PM   #69
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I retired last September at 62 from a high stress job, sold most of my belongings and moved to Alaska October 15th just in time for a nice winter (it was cold). Joined a gym which I never made time for while working. Days are as full as you want them to be. I spend time in the garden, fishing, hunting, hiking etc... I am able to spend more time with my kids and 5 grandsons (we all moved). I do not miss the Texas heat. Current temperature is 64 here right now. I feel better than I have in years and do not ever think about work. It was the right choice for me.
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Old 07-06-2022, 03:11 PM   #70
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Old 07-06-2022, 04:08 PM   #71
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Best thing I ever did! Been 4 years and Im healthier, happier, and busier with good stuff than i've ever been. Life is good!
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Old 07-06-2022, 04:13 PM   #72
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I've been working 50 plus hours a week since I was 17. I'm 62 now and thinking about retirement.
What do you do to fill your day?
What ever I want to do .
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Old 07-06-2022, 04:22 PM   #73
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With the way work has been I actually signed into my retirement yesterday to see what it looked like. I was also able to bridge some time from a previous employer and gained 19 month in 24 hours.

I will be eligible in 2025 and will be 45. If I stay an extra 5 years and retire at 50 I'll get a good raise on top of what I make now

Here's to "it will be here before you know it"

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Old 07-06-2022, 09:42 PM   #74
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Interesting thread. Iím 40 years old and hope to retire from my corporate job in the next 3-5 years. I own several rental properties and plan on 10x my portfolio asap so I can ďretireĒ.


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Old 07-06-2022, 09:48 PM   #75
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I retired last September at 62 from a high stress job, sold most of my belongings and moved to Alaska October 15th just in time for a nice winter (it was cold). Joined a gym which I never made time for while working. Days are as full as you want them to be. I spend time in the garden, fishing, hunting, hiking etc... I am able to spend more time with my kids and 5 grandsons (we all moved). I do not miss the Texas heat. Current temperature is 64 here right now. I feel better than I have in years and do not ever think about work. It was the right choice for me.
Good for you.

Went to Alaska in 2016. Vrey nice adventure.
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Old 07-06-2022, 09:51 PM   #76
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One of the many perks of retirement is not having a schedule. When I make an appointment for a doctors visit or anything else, it’s kinda nice to just say, “whatever’s convenient for you,” when they ask when’s a good time.
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Old 07-06-2022, 10:11 PM   #77
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I retired last September at 62 from a high stress job, sold most of my belongings and moved to Alaska October 15th just in time for a nice winter (it was cold). Joined a gym which I never made time for while working. Days are as full as you want them to be. I spend time in the garden, fishing, hunting, hiking etc... I am able to spend more time with my kids and 5 grandsons (we all moved). I do not miss the Texas heat. Current temperature is 64 here right now. I feel better than I have in years and do not ever think about work. It was the right choice for me.
I think you have the best retirement story so far. You family moved with you. That is great.
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Old 07-07-2022, 05:54 AM   #78
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I retired about 9 months ago, at the age of 62.
There are always honey-do's to take care of around our (paid-for) home, and I also golf 4 days a week with friends. That definitely doesn't suck. I can fish or hunt to fill out my calendar, as desired. So far, retirement has been everything that I hoped it would be. What day of the week is it, anyway??
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Old 07-07-2022, 08:22 AM   #79
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I retired at 62. Thirteen years ago.
You know how hard you worked on the weekends while you are working?
Well everyday is a weekend.
You will quickly find there is not enough hours in a day. Enjoy it at your won pace.
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Old 07-07-2022, 08:29 AM   #80
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I spent 35 years as a teacher and coach in public schools, wife did 37 years. We retired to 88K acres in SW NM. We went from chasing kids to cows and love every minute of it. We were fortunate to have friends with large ranches that needed someone to help out. No neighbors and town is 50 miles. Retirement is awesome but I think everyone needs something to keep them busy.
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Old 07-07-2022, 08:39 AM   #81
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I retired about 9 months ago, at the age of 62.
There are always honey-do's to take care of around our (paid-for) home, and I also golf 4 days a week with friends. That definitely doesn't suck. I can fish or hunt to fill out my calendar, as desired. So far, retirement has been everything that I hoped it would be. What day of the week is it, anyway??
Itís Thursday. And the fairways are calling your name.
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Old 07-07-2022, 09:48 AM   #82
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My dad seems busier now than when he was working.
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Old 07-07-2022, 10:19 AM   #83
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I will say this, before you reach the age to start drawing SS and sign up for Medicare, you better have your ducks in a row. It is not easy dealing with the Gov and all their deadlines and fines!
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Old 07-07-2022, 10:36 AM   #84
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Itís Thursday. And the fairways are calling your name.
I retired 20 months ago and started playing golf again with my son and his 2 kids who are better than both of us. I found out yesterday that my favorite course gives seniors a 10 dollar discount on green fees during the week $$$$.
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Old 07-07-2022, 10:37 AM   #85
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I've been working 50 plus hours a week since I was 17. I'm 62 now and thinking about retirement.
What do you do to fill your day?
I'll be working til I die most likely.
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Old 07-07-2022, 03:46 PM   #86
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Not to hijack the thread, but I am very interested in this topic. I am 62, enjoy my job and know retirement is in the near future, but I have no plans for retirement. I really want to work as long as I can. I mean, I work 2 weeks a month, not a bad deal. But retirement does intrigue me. Either way Im gonna be working so may as well get paid for it. Im torn, really.
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Old 07-07-2022, 05:32 PM   #87
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I retired at 55. Was fortunate enough to to get retiree health coverage till 65. Only was I could do it. Rebuilt a cabin on Toledo Bend next to my 90 year old dad. Wife works 3 days a week, she likes the interaction. I fish 2 times a day most days. During hunting season a hunt most days and fish in the middle of the day. I’m almost 59 now and at 59.5 I start drawing 2 diff pensions and will start taking money out of some annuities. Wife and I travel some now but a lot more once I’m 59.5 years old. I had a very stressful job for a long time in oil exploration and drilling. Do not miss it at all. I have not been bored at all and would not change a thing about retiring at 55. I guess if you had a job you loved it would be different but life is to short to work until you are 62-65. Plan ahead, save money and enjoy life.
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Old 07-07-2022, 06:06 PM   #88
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Turn 57 and think about it everyday actually (sometimes multiple times a day). Target is 60-62 primarily dependent on:
1) The market - Past year has been pretty rough with the current regime. I pray things change and we return to some work normlacy that will calm the markets down.
2) My job - I am still being valued, having fun, being challenged. Currently don't love my role, but I have a great network and boss at moment. Others times, loved my role...but not my boss. Think this is better situation
3) Medical coverage gaps to 65. My employer doesn't offer a solution here, so we will be flying on our own from retirement to 65. This is why that even if 1 and 2 above are solid, I don't envision getting out any sooner.
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Old 07-07-2022, 09:57 PM   #89
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I retired the first time at 55 and enjoyed it, started a small business , worked more at our ranch and got in much better shape. After 6 months got an offer I could not refuse and jumped back in. Loved it but was commuting to Wtx. Retired again a couple years ago and have not looked back. Have plenty of hobbies, helping my kids start their businesses, and enjoying it more this time because more of my friends have also retired. We have a large time doing stuff together. My wife has also semi~retired and we do a lot together again. Been fun. One really good thing at least as I look at it, is time has slowed down just a little. I was on a fast ride with my jobs and this is a much better pace for me now and I enjoy things even more. I feel very blessed.
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Old 07-07-2022, 10:05 PM   #90
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Turn 57 and think about it everyday actually (sometimes multiple times a day). Target is 60-62 primarily dependent on:
1) The market - Past year has been pretty rough with the current regime. I pray things change and we return to some work normlacy that will calm the markets down.
2) My job - I am still being valued, having fun, being challenged. Currently don't love my role, but I have a great network and boss at moment. Others times, loved my role...but not my boss. Think this is better situation
3) Medical coverage gaps to 65. My employer doesn't offer a solution here, so we will be flying on our own from retirement to 65. This is why that even if 1 and 2 above are solid, I don't envision getting out any sooner.
This is me to a T. Except I turn 59 next week.
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Old 07-07-2022, 10:12 PM   #91
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Interesting comments
I was blessed to like my job.
And met lots of good friends doing it
But I worked to live, not the reverse.
If I could have made a living doing something I loved, retirement would have been a tough decision.
But office politics, commuting, big city rat race and crime made it easy for me to leave it all ASAP.

I can tell you hunting, golf, and fishing trips during the week are much better than weekends.
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Old 07-07-2022, 10:50 PM   #92
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Starting year 40 this year. Never really went to work many days that I haven't enjoyed. I should hang on to my job as long as possible. Going to the golf course around 1, 5-6 days a week doesn't suck. But there are to many places me and the boss lady want to go see and things we want to do. I am planning on retiring in 2 years when my insurance kicks in free. When I do retire I will not be going to play golf!
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Old 07-08-2022, 12:21 AM   #93
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I haven't read the responses, but I can tell you what I've learned after being retired for about ten years. You have to find something to do to keep you busy. I do a lot of little things, like do stuff with the grandkids (rock polishing, launch model rockets, fishing & other outside activities), the wife and I travel, we buy crap at thrift stores, etc. and I sell it on ebay. Learn tio play golf. Get more time in fishing. Buy some land to stay busy on. I also do little chores that any 50 year old house would require. Find something so that you're not sitting on your butt in front of the TV for hours on end. Most folks can't live long like that.
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Old 07-08-2022, 12:36 AM   #94
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If you have the funds then quit work. Live life. Average life span for a male in US is 78. Go do trips, see family, enjoy grandkids, do your hobbies. Do something you have always wanted to do. Get out of this rat race! I am 62 and if I had the funds there would be a vacuum in my office like a black hole as fast as I would be getting out that door. If you are going to sit on your butt and do nothing, then stay working. Time never waits.
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Old 07-08-2022, 08:08 AM   #95
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Turn 57 and think about it everyday actually (sometimes multiple times a day). Target is 60-62 primarily dependent on:
1) The market - Past year has been pretty rough with the current regime. I pray things change and we return to some work normlacy that will calm the markets down.
2) My job - I am still being valued, having fun, being challenged. Currently don't love my role, but I have a great network and boss at moment. Others times, loved my role...but not my boss. Think this is better situation
3) Medical coverage gaps to 65. My employer doesn't offer a solution here, so we will be flying on our own from retirement to 65. This is why that even if 1 and 2 above are solid, I don't envision getting out any sooner.
Have you looked into the gap insurance prices? Just getting quotes and the yearly cost would be between 10-14k for an individual. Prices vary with coverage and deductibles, but a gold plan from Blue Cross is 1185.00 per month. A bronze plan is 800.00 but it sure seems worthless if you got bad sick.
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Old 07-08-2022, 08:55 AM   #96
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I may need to hire you Shane, my 401K is diving faster than a kamikaze pilot on a ship.
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Old 07-08-2022, 09:27 AM   #97
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I can retire in just over a year but not sure when I will, at a minimum it will be another 7 years. Iíve done a lot of stupid/ scary stuff over the years and retirement trumps them all. I fear retiring then just waiting around to die.
Alan and I talk about this all the time and each time we shift on when each of us thinks weíll go, although heís more consistent than I am.
I donít think it really comes into view until I have my ďthing to doĒ after I retire. At this point it looks like land and cattle but give me a week and that will change
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Old 07-08-2022, 09:43 AM   #98
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I may need to hire you Shane, my 401K is diving faster than a kamikaze pilot on a ship.
He is our guy. We are diving too. Who isn't? Atleast we can visit about hunting when we're doin business.

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Old 07-08-2022, 10:03 AM   #99
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I may need to hire you Shane, my 401K is diving faster than a kamikaze pilot on a ship.
I wish I could prevent down markets. That would be awesome!
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Old 07-08-2022, 10:04 AM   #100
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He is our guy. We are diving too. Who isn't? Atleast we can visit about hunting when we're doin business.

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Yes sir. Cry on each other's shoulders and talk about how we can at least eat deer and hogs if we can't afford groceries.
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