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Old 12-07-2010, 10:06 PM   #21
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Health considerations are part of my decision to ER next week. This past weekend, a close friend told me that he has severe arthritis of the hip (his 54 yrs old!). He can barely walk. He never saw it coming. I'm 54 and as I get older I hear more and more stories like this. I'm getting out while I am still relatively healthy.
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:50 AM   #22
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I was in a similar situation at my job before I retired. Things went south about 4 years prior. I know that the stress of the situation took a toll on my physically and mentally. Unfortunately, I was awaiting a pension and had little choice in when I could leave.

During that same time I had a severe case of Diverticulitis. I almost had to have emergency surgery and if I would have waited another day it is likely I would not be writing this. I had part of my colon removed a couple of months later to ensure such a thing would never happen again. I am retired now at 44.

Two years ago, almost to the day, I saw a friend and coworker for the last time. He thought he had the flu. It wasn't, he had an infection and by the time he went to the hospital it was too late. It ravaged his heart and he died. He was 47.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Life is too short to spend any of it doing things that do not make us happy. Sometimes it is unavoidable. Sometimes we do it to ourselves. If you are FI, retire. Too me its a no brainer. Leave that job while you and your wife are still young and healthy enough to enjoy yourselves and each other. Everyday you spend at the job you dislike is a day your are missing out on doing something you enjoy and spending it with someone you love.

Retirement isn't just about financial calculations. Money is nice, and some money is essential to being FI, but it's not the only consideration.
Could not agree more. This is 100% how I feel and think about life EVERY SINGLE DAY. Funny that the issue of death came up. One of my professors and a chair on my thesis commitee died yesterday at 42. He was diagnosed with brain cancer last September and (long story short) he felt that because he was young that he would survive it. Well, 15 months later he's dead.

I make it a point to exercise 5 days and week, mainatin a healthy diet, and get as much sleep as I can. Because I REFUSE to end up a statistic.
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:58 AM   #23
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Because I REFUSE to end up a statistic.
I understand your point and agree with you, but no matter what you will end up as a statistic. Timing is the only unknown.
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:06 AM   #24
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I understand your point and agree with you, but no matter what you will end up as a statistic. Timing is the only unknown.
Yeah, I meant early statistic.
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:30 AM   #25
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Personally, I don't really have an option besides waiting till my 55th birthday (2 yrs 1 month, 9 days), due to having to meet the years/age requirements for my pension, but you better believe that I'll be retired before noon on that day! That way, every year on my birthday, I can also celebrate my re-birth day!
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:53 PM   #26
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That's not how it works. 99 weeks max benefits ( in most states).

Most states have 26 weeks of unemployment benefits, with the Feds picking up the other 73 weeks. The extension that they're proposing will keep the additional 73 weeks of benefits in place for 13 more months.


So, If your friends have used 96 weeks of unemployment benefits, they've only got 3 more weeks.



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I have friends that have been milking unemployment for a few years now. Looks to me like the Dems and Reps will make a deal and extend unemployment for another year. That will bring it to 3 years with no end in sight. Pretty good pension if you can get it.
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:02 AM   #27
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Me too, that will always strike me as one of life's great ironies. When I got my first job after college making $1275/month, I couldn't figure out how I was going to spend it all after living on about $300/month in college. I can't say I am happier now...

so VERY true!
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:09 PM   #28
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UPDATE: Well, I guess I am retired. As I said earlier I've been thinking of ER since last summer. I hated my place of employment. The boss and I didn't see eye to eye. There were a couple of projects I wanted to finish with success before leaving. I accomplished that, but in the end I was let go. I guess this was better than quiting, for I am now receiving unemployment.

But I'm still looking for a job. (I have to according to keep my unemployment payments, but I'd be looking anyway.)

I found health insurance for me and my family.. Cheaper than I calculated for. In fact, I keep doing retirement calculations for different scenarios. It all seems to work out. In fact this week I bought a travel trailer with no financing. Perhaps, I should consider myself semi-retired.
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:28 AM   #29
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Looks to me like another case of "blessing in disguise".
Your bad boss saved you from the pre-ER uncertainties and unemployment will allow you to slowly glide into the retirement mood.
So:
ENJOY your family, the trailer and your free time!
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Thank you for the update, Archman.
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Congrats Archman.

Enjoy! View unemployment as a "gift" for your retirement ;-)
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Archman,

I am most happy for you!!!! ENJOY!
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:39 PM   #33
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Welcome to the forum. I will be 59 in a few months and presently I am semi retired. I now only work 19 hours a week and have been cutting my hours for the past 5 years. Perhaps you can find something P/T if you are not ready for full retirement.
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