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Old 05-26-2012, 01:04 PM   #21
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Unlike you, I haven't figured out a way to 'hold' at 52...

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Old 05-26-2012, 01:39 PM   #22
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Old? Perhaps.

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Old 05-26-2012, 02:37 PM   #23
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W2R, obviously you are a dangerous radical!
Apparently so! I just have to be the rebel.
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:26 PM   #24
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+1 Good observation, and I couldn't agree more. My life is still unfolding and changing. Just because I am retired, doesn't mean that I have one foot in the grave, so naturally the journey continues.

Another quote that I disagree with is this, taken from the description of Stage 5:

"Am I still useful" and "what is my purpose" imply that I am not really a human being with innate worth that I express every day in everything that I do, but instead some sort of tool that has no value unless being used (useful to whom? comes to mind). To me discussion of Stage 5 is a continuation of the type of societal brainwashing that keeps so many working when they don't have to work or want to work. I will state here and now that I do not believe that one's self-worth must or even should depend upon returning to the salt mines day after day. Furthermore, I think it is sad, though understandable, that so many people fall for this line of thought after a lifetime of societal conditioning..
Yeah, are there really that many people who's self identity is tied up in their work. Maybe I've been hanging out here to long, but this stage isn't what I thought when i read the title. I thought this was about finding a new direction, something to be passionate about and challenge you, not struggling with your self esteem no that your no longer defined by your job.

I was thinking I missed stage 4 struggling with my father in law's illness and death last year and had hit stage 5 as I began pursuing some of my interests with vigor. I never had to struggle with who I was or how I might remain relevant in life. I'm relevant to myself and the people I choose to surround myself with and that's all that matters.

I never had a let down (stage 4) really. So this is it? Doing whatever I want, when I want. Sitting my porch smoking a cigar and drinking a beer, going fishing, travel, writing, whatever. Hell yeah and I love it. Not only is this it, it's what I dreamed of in my crappy cubicle when i was working.

I agree W2R, brainwashing. There is some kind of disorganized, organic conspiracy to keep people working. Notice, all this stuff is generally developed my people who are still working. Maybe their just pissed they still have to work and we don't so they trash retirement. If they can't retire and they can't make us go back to work, they will at least make some others question the decision.
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:39 PM   #25
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I think this guy just made this stuff up.
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I guess we will have to FIFY it for him. We can lose step 4 immediately.

Kind of like Audrey's reinventing yourself every 5 years thing.
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[sarcasm]If someone else's experience is different than our own, for some it would be wrong to leave it at that. It must be made up stuff, brainwashing, pseudo intellectual psycho babble, conspiracy with no merit...yipes.[/sarcasm]

I liked Audrey's reinventing yourself approach too.
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Old? Perhaps.

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Nords, as my old grandpappy used to say " I may be getting older, but I refuse to grow up!"
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I must have done it wrong. Somewhere I missed Stage 4 & 5.
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My favorite (ha ha) part came from stage four:

This phase parallels the stage in marriage when the emotional high of the wedding has worn off and the couple now has to get down to the business of building a working relationship together.

Umm.. Don't you build a working relationship BEFORE marriage? Sheesh.

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