Originally Posted by skyvue
To me, I can't imagine needing to do "something important" in retirement. I want to sleep in, watch a lot of tv, get a lot more exercise, cook and eat well, visit with friends and family, and watch a lot of sports while enjoying drinks with friends!
That's odd, that's pretty much what I regard as "something important" in retirement. Maybe it's all in the perspective...
Originally Posted by emitch
But, there is only one very, very small group of people who I envy. Those who LOVE their job.
I loved my job too! Who wouldn't want to get paid by the federal government to operate weapons systems?
What I didn't "love" was commuting, 24/7 duty, most bosses, some co-workers, a few of the troops, mandatory training, uniforms, department meetings, performance reports, performance reviews, Total Quality Leadership initiatives... the list never ends. Shooting ten TOMAHAWKs a week, even at those bosses, couldn't make up for all those dissatisfiers.
If you want a job then you should go looking for it. You can afford it and you certainly have the time. But beware that you are usually treated much better as a volunteer than you will be treated as a "valued headcount". (Not that volunteers exactly get the red carpet either, but it's a step up from "wage slave".) The employer-employee relationship is overburdened with assumptions that volunteers would never put up with.
I think it also wouldn't hurt to take another pass through Ernie Zelinski's "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free"...