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Old 03-15-2012, 08:33 PM   #121
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Old 11-23-2014, 04:20 PM   #122
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I posted on this thread over 2.5 years ago, I can now afford to retire. I won't be rich but I should be able to maintain my current lifestyle with company pension and investments. I should be over the moon but to be honest I don't know how to retire. It is almost as if I am embarrassed to retire now! I really want to get out now but society tells me I'm too young at 52.


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Old 11-23-2014, 04:26 PM   #123
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I posted on this thread over 2.5 years ago, I can now afford to retire. I won't be rich but I should be able to maintain my current lifestyle with company pension and investments. I should be over the moon but to be honest I don't know how to retire. It is almost as if I am embarrassed to retire now! I really want to get out now but society tells me I'm too young at 52.


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I retired the first time at 52 and no it didn't bother me at all. Later I stumbled into a second job but it was optional every step of the way and when that went south I quit without a second thought.
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Old 11-23-2014, 04:36 PM   #124
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I think that you are right Walt, it shouldn't bother me really. Maybe I should get out in the spring when the weather is better!
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How many years do you work before retire???
Old 11-23-2014, 04:36 PM   #125
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How many years do you work before retire???

I was just short of 40 working years when I retired at 58. The first 2 years I worked part time while going to junior college. And the last 10 years I gradually angered down from 60 hours to 8 hours a week. It didn't bother me at all to retire at 58 - that's almost normal retirement age. Nor did the angering down stage bother me - I worked enough years of 50-60 hours a week to justify it.


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Old 11-23-2014, 04:39 PM   #126
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I retired initially at 54, but returned to work as I was not prepared for the non-financial aspects of retirement. I finally retired at 63 and am enjoying it.
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:08 PM   #127
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Society told me a lot of things growing up. All of them wrong or shamelessly agenda driven. I had no problem disengaging. They got their lives, I got mine.

Worked 26 yrs if you count all the way to lawn mowing, tree chopping, and all that jazz. 21 if you only count "real" jobs
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:14 PM   #128
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I posted on this thread over 2.5 years ago, I can now afford to retire. I won't be rich but I should be able to maintain my current lifestyle with company pension and investments. I should be over the moon but to be honest I don't know how to retire. It is almost as if I am embarrassed to retire now! I really want to get out now but society tells me I'm too young at 52.


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Your location is the UK ? what is "Normal" retirement age there ?
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:21 PM   #129
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Not counting babysitting, shoveling snow, raking leaves or paper route as a kid, my first real job with a real paycheck was at 14. I worked at the public library after school and on Saturdays shelving books. Made .60/hr. Retired from my state employee job one month shy of my 57th birthday - on the first day I was eligible for full pension. Decided to do consulting and had my first customer within 30 days of "retirement". Four years later, still doing consulting, so I don't know if I count as retired or not. I feel retired. Only work 1/4 of the hours I used to work for the same amount of money - and I love what I am doing now. Working from home is great - and a little travel a couple of times a year when a client wants me on-site. This is my dream job. So far, 47 years working. I'd like to continue my consulting work for about 5 more years - but there is no telling when/if the work will dry up.
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:21 PM   #130
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I retired at 51. Never heard of this "Society" guy but whoever he/she is I never heard a thing from them. If I had I would have ignored them.
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:30 PM   #131
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Lakewood, normal retirement age in UK is 65 for the majority, had a work colleague who got out at 60. My Dad retired at 68 after 52 years of full time work.
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:55 PM   #132
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2.5 years as a FT stock boy.
28 years at Megacorp.
30.5 years total, out at 49 yo.
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:55 PM   #133
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Not counting college ballpark 27 yrs direct(two layoffs) and 1 1/2 out of 3 as a contract engineer.

Then I became deathly allergic to work and a 'born again' ER.

Or something silly like that.

heh heh heh - 21 years in ER and counting.
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:06 PM   #134
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I am still working, but plan on retiring at 56. I started a hourly job at 16, but worked in my aunts store at 14. It was a ice cream stand on the beach with all the benefits of being 14.

I will have 56 - 16 = 40 years of working. If you count that many of those years I have worked two jobs, maybe it is closer to 60...
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:09 PM   #135
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OK, I did 40.
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:41 PM   #136
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:44 PM   #137
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I posted on this thread over 2.5 years ago, I can now afford to retire. I won't be rich but I should be able to maintain my current lifestyle with company pension and investments. I should be over the moon but to be honest I don't know how to retire. It is almost as if I am embarrassed to retire now! I really want to get out now but society tells me I'm too young at 52.


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I retired August this year at 56 with 38 years at megacorps. Originally planned to go 40, but got burned out. It seemed that everything I read the past year advocated working until 65 or 70. Seems crazy to me and had me second guessing my decision. However, no regrets so far.


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I posted on this thread over 2.5 years ago, I can now afford to retire. I won't be rich but I should be able to maintain my current lifestyle with company pension and investments. I should be over the moon but to be honest I don't know how to retire. It is almost as if I am embarrassed to retire now! I really want to get out now but society tells me I'm too young at 52.


Did any of you feel the same?


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Despite impressions you might get from this forum, I think your feelings are pretty common. I have relatives and friends who retired from union Big 3 auto j#bs after 30+yrs., some who were younger than you at retirement. Most felt they hit their target '30 and out' and were happy staying 'out'. Others eventually (months-to-years) took other employment or started their own businesses. Very individual decisions.
Personally- Since you are self-sufficient (pension/investments), I think 'society' has NOTHING to say about it. It is a perk of financial independence. In a way, you're just been saving up for a long (LONG) well-deserved vacation
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I got a late start due to grad school (didn't finish until 29) and doing a coop program for undergrad which let me graduate without any debt but cost an extra year. However, I managed to retire in 12 1/2 years after that which includes 9 months on LOA.
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