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Old 11-28-2007, 06:38 PM   #1
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I'm no longer looking over the cliff and finally took the freefall dive. I turned in all the papers at work and am now ready to explore life without work. It's a relief but also very scary. I spoke to a friend of mine tonight who retired early about 8 years ago and she told me to be prepared for unexpected reactions to this journey. Sure glad to have a good friend who has walked this path before. She was an Army Officer who had to adjust to the identity crisis (adjustment?) I am about to explore.

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Old 11-28-2007, 06:42 PM   #2
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Congratulations. You have company on this board - for better or worse.

Yes, I have achieved work / life balance.
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Old 11-28-2007, 06:45 PM   #3
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Congratulations, Purron! I'm jealous.....MIAOW!
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Old 11-28-2007, 06:53 PM   #4
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Congratulations from someone who just took the leap on 11/09. I met a friend from work today and he asked if I was still glad. I said yes! But I didn't go into all the details about the highs and lows of going through the mental/emotional processes like your friend described.
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Old 11-28-2007, 07:37 PM   #5
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Since we're posting animal pictures, I should perform the appropriate duties at this juncture...

Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
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Old 11-28-2007, 08:05 PM   #6
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Allow yourself time to adjust.

There will be unexpected thoughts/feelings/emotions...

Don't let them bother you.

Just sit back and observe them.

If you find yourself crying or laughing, let it happen.

I (and many others) have found themselves sleeping excessively for a while; go with it.
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Old 11-28-2007, 08:36 PM   #7
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Blessed, blessed sleep!

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