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Old 04-16-2009, 07:43 PM   #1
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This is it!!

I started my first thread on this forum a couple of months ago, and was weighing the pros and cons of early retirement. Well, I made my decision, and tomorrow (Friday, April 17th), is my last day at work. I'm on leave for 2 weeks, and will be officially retired on May 1st. I'm excited, scared, a little sad, and a LOT happy! I never thought I would really get here, and while it certainly is a milestone and sort of a sobering reminder that I'm reaching my senior years, I'm also really feeling like it's a new beginning; a rebirth. I'm finally at a point where I can reset my priorities, and start enjoying my life. Instead of feeling like I'm striving toward something, I can feel more like I'm there; I've reached my career goals, and can now enjoy myself, and (to use a very old and tired cliche) can take the time to stop and smell the roses. Woohoo!
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I started my first thread on this forum a couple of months ago, and was weighing the pros and cons of early retirement. Well, I made my decision, and tomorrow (Friday, April 17th), is my last day at work. I'm on leave for 2 weeks, and will be officially retired on May 1st. I'm excited, scared, a little sad, and a LOT happy! I never thought I would really get here, and while it certainly is a milestone and sort of a sobering reminder that I'm reaching my senior years, I'm also really feeling like it's a new beginning; a rebirth. I'm finally at a point where I can reset my priorities, and start enjoying my life. Instead of feeling like I'm striving toward something, I can feel more like I'm there; I've reached my career goals, and can now enjoy myself, and (to use a very old and tired cliche) can take the time to stop and smell the roses. Woohoo!
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Congrats to you! I'm a little tired right now, so I'll let this little guy dance a jig.......
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Congratulations Janet. There is a real feeling of liberation in your post. I'm with you- eventually one comes to the conclusion that it is time to uncork the good wine.

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Welcome ! Remember when you were a kid and you had the summer off .It is like that forever !
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Congrats! Some folks just aren't happy unless they're striving toward something, and I'm one of them. The nice thing is being able to set my own goals and timetables. Enjoy!
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Pick a country and celebration theme and have fun with it! Sounds like roses need to be invoved.
My FIRE date is April 1st...need I elaborate?
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You picked a great time of year to retire. I'm in Northern Virginia, so not very far from your neighborhood. This area is beautiful this time of year and there's so much to do! Enjoy
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I started my first thread on this forum a couple of months ago, and was weighing the pros and cons of early retirement. Well, I made my decision, and tomorrow (Friday, April 17th), is my last day at work. I'm on leave for 2 weeks, and will be officially retired on May 1st. I'm excited, scared, a little sad, and a LOT happy! I never thought I would really get here, and while it certainly is a milestone and sort of a sobering reminder that I'm reaching my senior years, I'm also really feeling like it's a new beginning; a rebirth. I'm finally at a point where I can reset my priorities, and start enjoying my life. Instead of feeling like I'm striving toward something, I can feel more like I'm there; I've reached my career goals, and can now enjoy myself, and (to use a very old and tired cliche) can take the time to stop and smell the roses. Woohoo!
Congratulations on your early retirement (eff 5-1-09). My official date of retirement was also 5-1, but it was 1988. Can't believe I've been retired almost 21 years. I was 52 at the time and have never regretted it one bit. The older you become the happier you will be having retired when you did. Time flies so fast. Anyway, enjoy yourself and stay busy.
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Congrats. Jan 1, 1993 here.

Ya watch that -doing nothing in particular all day. Time seems to move fast.

heh heh heh - enjoy.
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Yeah, but but, but whatcha gonna do all day?

I've been practicing retirement for about three years, well almost four, but who is counting.

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Reading most of the posts on this forum you can get the impression that retirement is one happy day after another.Its not the case for every one,a few of us have a hard time dealing with endless days of doing nothing or trading in a good paying job to just get stuck with doing double duty on all the household chores, be ready when you retire to have a whole lot of free time,most like it some dont.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:33 PM   #20
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Thanks for the advice, the encouragment, and the cautions. I know I can learn from those who have already experienced this transition. Right now I'm feeling really good! I have so many plans, and so much I want to be able to do, and now have the time to do it. Time - what a luxury! So far in my life, I've never seemed to have enough. I think it may be a challenge to balance the extremes of either having too much time on my hands or not enough. Maybe that is the key to being content going forward. Right now, I'm just psyched about my future, and I already feel less stressed.
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