I haven't posted here for a while but now I'm on the eve of semi-ER so it's time...I'm about 60 days out from quitting, just before my 50th birthday.* My DW is willing (actually wants to) continue working for another five years or so. Her job will pay most of our expenses (after downsizing) while we allow our portfolio to plump a bit.* Not exactly a risky leap you might say, but it was still a very difficult decision.* Leaving my occupation isn't the hard part.* I'm very
tired of the work, but the mental aspects of leaving a good income and losing the "identity" or status of having been a high performer is tougher than I thought it would be* *
* Twenty five years of conditioning doesn't fall away easilly.* I'll also miss the built in camraderie.
I will likely seek an enjoyable part time j*b of some kind...maybe teaching, or maybe I'll start a very small scale business.* I dunno. I want to re-discover my old interests and just live a low stress life.
I assume it will take a year or so to find my stride.* I'm looking forward to finding a better way to live.* *
I want to thank all the posters here for providing so much accumulated wisdom. It helped give me the confidence to make a change.