61 & retired from admin (secretary) job
Hi, I'm so happy to be retired now for a year. Although I didn't dislike secretarial work I'm glad to be done with it -- 38 years of full-time work is enough. I just never had the drive or the desire to go to college.
I feel fairly confident retiring -- I have health care through my retired husband and he receives a small pension. I think my work peers wondered how I was able to pull it off when I turned in my notice.
Although I do NOT have a pension, I'm glad I had the sense to save in IRAs and 401ks for the last 30 years. Those investments along with the $1,100/mth Social Security starting in the new year should carry me through. My small house in a mid-size city is paid for (30 yr mortgage paid off in 14 years).
We have money for a few vacations a year but love staying home too.
Thank you all for your helpful posts -- I've been reading them for years.
One of the best perks of being retired is how I look forward to the mornings now -- getting up when I feel like it, enjoying a long, leisurely breakfast with my newspapers and coffee without having to hurry to get ready for work -- it's every bit as enjoyable as I dreamed it would be.