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Old 07-09-2010, 04:31 PM   #1
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I retired two months ago at the age of 30 and I am finding myself very bored. I am thinking of unretiring myself. This early retirement is really not that great.
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So why are you posting here? Do you want us to "talk you down" so you can stay retired? This bunch hopes you keep working to help fund SS...
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:43 PM   #4
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Well I post here because I have nothing else to do at home. I am just finding myself surfing the web all day long, feeling pretty much useless, feeling depress. I thought retirement would be so great but it isn't the case. I just want to know what people do when they retire to make their lives are little happier. So don't tell me to travel or do anything that cost a lot of money because I am very frugal and don't want to spend any money on big expenses.
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So why are you posting here? Do you want us to "talk you down" so you can stay retired? This bunch hopes you keep working to help fund SS...
Oh yes, me too. Please go back to work ASAP. Don't want you to be bored or anything.
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I retired two months ago at the age of 30 and I am finding myself very bored. I am thinking of unretiring myself. This early retirement is really not that great for me.
First, congratulations on you retirement!
Do you have any hobbies? Retiring is quite an adjustment, no doubt. You may find that you now have time for hobbies/activities you never considered before.
Or volunteer work with an organization you believe in. Some people take the opportunity of retirement to continue their education, or travel.
There also some people that actually like working. If you are one of those, by all means, dive back in to it. Again though, if you are FI, you have additional opportunities. Such as starting you own business, or just working part time.
Whatever you decide to do, good luck to you and congratulations again!
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:48 PM   #7
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Well I post here because I have nothing else to do at home. I am just finding myself surfing the web all day long, feeling pretty much useless, feeling depress. I thought retirement would be so great but it isn't the case. I just want to know what people do when they retire to make their lives are little happier. So don't tell me to travel or do anything that cost a lot of money because I am very frugal and don't want to spend any money on big expenses.
Well, what do you truly enjoy doing?
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:56 PM   #8
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I seriously dont' know what I enjoy doing. No hobbies at all. Volunteer work, why work for free ? I am the type that is antisocial. Really don't have much friends. Don't go out much. Don't have fancy things. All I know is how to save. I do enjoy shopping at the supermarket. I am happy when I see that I could get $500 in groceries for around $50 bucks each month with coupons clippings and deals, but I am not going to the supermarket everyday!
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OK, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt for a moment. What do I do? Spend time with my elderly mom, serve on the board of a local charity, foster homeless kittens for the animal shelter, home improvement projects, lunch and movies with friends, hang out in bookstores, and many feel flow things. Feel flow? You know, the stuff you do just cause you find yourself moving in a certain direction at a certain point in time. OK, I feel an excuse to post a you tube vid - forgive me everyone -

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Old 07-09-2010, 05:00 PM   #10
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go down the the harbor and see who's sailing, ask about volunteering as rail meat for a racing sail boat. You'll get to learn sailing, make a lot of friends, and even if you bring the beer, it's a lot cheaper than actually BUYING a boat.

I would recommend looking into some of the shelters if you like animals - some good friends of mine have about 2-4 hours a week where they go and play with the animals to keep them socialized, happy and friendly, so that they are better prepared to be adopted. Not to mention, getting their puppy fix without having to own one.

Learn a new language? A girl I knew had a boring job, so she taught herself to read hieroglyphics. I was impressed when we were in a museum and she was able to read them point blank (not useful, but interesting, and hey, you're retired!).

Take a job for the benefits - ever wanted to visit Korea? take a low-paying english teaching job for the included travel benefits. Unlike everyone else, you can blow you ENTIRE SALARY on fun things. An ex of mine is making $40k plus room, board, medical and travel there, and she's all of 3 months out of college.

Run for local office - you have the time to learn and be politically active, and you aren't risking your living on taking the chance to run. Not only that, you can screw up repeatedly and have time to recover, have made contacts, and maybe do something useful and interesting before getting fed up with it.
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Not enough info here to form an opinion on whether you are serious or not. But my first observation is that if you are serious, then you probably don't have kids. I doubt highly I would have been bored had I retired at 30, because I would have been chasing my kids around.

But - I do think if I had not had kids, retiring at 30 might not have been for me. At 30, all of my friends were working. Much of my social life and mental stimulation came from work. Nowadays not so much....or maybe I just dont care about that stuff as much any more.

Bottom line is, if you are serious, you need to reassess why you retired and what you need to replace the boredom. Lots of ways to do that. Unretiring is one way.

One last thought - you say "So don't tell me to travel or do anything that cost a lot of money because I am very frugal and don't want to spend any money on big expenses. " That sounds like you might not have had a big enough nest egg to retire happily to do what you wanted to do. That is one of the things I am working hard to avoid. I want to be sure I have plenty of "play" money, so I dont have to worry about being frugal when I retire. Therefore, returning to work for a few more years might not be a bad idea.
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Old 07-09-2010, 05:07 PM   #12
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I really think your idea of going back to work is the best solution. Not everyone is cut out for retirement, especially the early variety. If you have no interests or hobbies, then get someone to pay you and force you to be interested in something - even if you have to fake it.
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Find a nice forum board somewhere and start posting.

By the way, just how did you retire at 30? and what is your annual/monthly budget? I would say it does not look like you thought this through, but heck, you really didn't have much time!

You could take up drinking in downtown bars! You will become more social, and if you decide to drive home you will meet some friends of Leonidas!
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Old 07-09-2010, 05:09 PM   #14
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I seriously dont' know what I enjoy doing. No hobbies at all. Volunteer work, why work for free ? I am the type that is antisocial. Really don't have much friends. Don't go out much. Don't have fancy things. All I know is how to save. I do enjoy shopping at the supermarket. I am happy when I see that I could get $500 in groceries for around $50 bucks each month with coupons clippings and deals, but I am not going to the supermarket everyday!
Why exactly did you think retirement would be so great? How did you envision spending your day in retirement since you have no hobbies or interests (besides grocery shopping )? Why did you retire (i.e. did you hate your job, etc.)?
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Not sure I'm buying this whole thing, but if it's legit, I think you may have pulled the trigger too soon. If your main pleasure is pimping grocery store coupons and you find travel too costly and the concept of meaningful volunteer work elusive you need to go back to work.

But frankly, I smell a fish.
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Old 07-09-2010, 05:20 PM   #16
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I have been working since I was 15. Invested in emerging markets mutual funds ( i'm was young and can tolerate the risk). Went to a community college for 2 years and then to a big university for another 1.5 years. Worked part time through college. Applied for scholarships. Applied for loans in college and used the loan money to invest. Got my degree and got a good job. No kids here. Not looking to have them. They are just a burden. I have 3 investment properties. They are all paid for. After everything (property tax, insurance and etc), net is around $3000 a month. Spend around $500 bucks of that $3000 each month for personal expenses like food and other stuff. The $2500 goes into mutual funds. I don't touch any of my savings or investment in mutual funds. I guess I could retire early because I'm frugal. Sometimes when you are at the supermarket, people will stare at you for using these coupon clippings but I don't care. I'm retired and they are not!
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I retired two months ago at the age of 30 and I am finding myself very bored. I am thinking of unretiring myself. This early retirement is really not that great.
Then go find a cube farm to slave away in and STFU about it.
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Then go find a cube farm to slave away in and STFU about it.
Brew to the rescue - my hero! Know you had a bad day babe. Have a cold one and chill. The weekend's here.
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Brew to the rescue - my hero! Know you had a bad day babe. Have a cold one and chill. The weekend's here.
Or, come to the Calgary Stampede. Party's on for the next 10 days
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Sounds like a fake post to me.
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