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Old 05-11-2011, 11:20 AM   #21
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I voted "disagree". I loved my job, but had been doing it for a long time and in the last few years the thrill had dwindled to mere enjoyment. We all saw the writing on the wall, so I had time to prepare myself to be out of work.

For me, the transition to ER/ESR (not sure which it is yet) was buffered by a period of unemployment during which I half-heartedly looked for work and tried to fool myself that I wanted another job. When you read newspaper articles about folk who have been ushered into early retirement by the current state of the economy, I am one of those people. I would have preferred to have worked for another 5-10 years and called the shots on when my job ended but things worked out quite well. I had a career I loved for a little over 20 years and though I don't exactly have a huge stash, it's enough.

I have food, I have a roof above me. Got my computer and internet, a bicycle and a cute little kitty to jump on the bed in the morning and meow in my ear, as well as an SO who comes over at the weekends to eat, drink wine and watch movies with me. Life's pretty good.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:50 AM   #22
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I was afraid that the transition would be difficult, but it was easier than I had ever dreamed. I have been so happy in retirement. I think I have finally found my niche in life.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:20 PM   #23
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I selected "disagree", not "strongly disagree".

I would have been happy to work 50% of full time in exchange for 40% of my prior salary. But management wanted "commitment" and the DB pension plan was skewed to encourage early retirement.

Until I retired, I hadn't realized how I had been tensing up on Sunday nights because I was getting ready for the battles on Monday morning. It was wonderful to think "Let's see, what do I have to do tomorrow?", "Oops, I don't have to do anything". I have no desire to go back to full time.

Unfortunately, my idea of retirement activities was different from my wife's ideas. (I was anxious to travel, she usually has other priorities.) We've also had unforeseen health problems and the economy hit us pretty hard (not directly, but on the rebound). So I've been at loose ends more than I'd like.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:27 PM   #24
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When I left my job, it was pure bliss.

When DH left his job, he was flippin' elated and still is.

Now when he first retired there was a period of time that he carried over the 'boss' attitude at home. Not in a nasty way...but there were times when it was annoying to me. After about three months, the old boss ways seemed to disappear...and he became a guy that loves an afternoon beer, music and motorcycles.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:56 PM   #25
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We need another poll choice along the lines of "You must be joking, right?"

It's been almost nine years, but I still wake up screaming after occasional nightmares that the assignment officer called to discuss my next duty station.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:14 PM   #26
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Even though I didnīt have any difficulty in the transition I must admit that this was due to my loathing of the job. Now, 6 years later, I sadly admit that I am less happy now than when just retired.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:19 PM   #27
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Even though I didnīt have any difficulty in the transition I must admit that this was due to my loathing of the job. Now, 6 years later, I sadly admit that I am less happy now than when just retired.
Why so, if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:30 PM   #28
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Why so, if you don't mind me asking?
I wish I knew. Maybe too much free time for the very few hobbies that I have.
Oh , well, letīs not dampen the mood of this thread
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:47 PM   #29
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Don't get me wrong. I love retirement and wanted it badly before I got it. I did have problems adjusting though.
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We need another poll choice along the lines of "You must be joking, right?"

It's been almost nine years, but I still wake up screaming after occasional nightmares that the assignment officer called to discuss my next duty station.
~6.5 years and still occasional flashbacks. But now I recognize them and wake up.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:52 PM   #31
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After 5000 20mile trips down I5, enough is enough.
I could name 25 people I know that worked until 65 and then dropped dead within a year.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:34 PM   #32
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I said "disagree" but could have easily said strongly disagree. Although I have only been RE for 6 weeks now I am amazed at how easy this has been for me. I never think about w**k unless I hear others talk about the things that annoyed me about the job. I'm talking about office politics, program of the month, goals, individual performance factors (and competition for them), meetings, performance reviews, coaching, complaints, soft skills training, pretending, always having to defend decisions to someone who doesn't deserve your time, dealing with incompetents and on and on and on. And I liked my job.
I just left it behind for my replacement to deal with and I have other interests now. I have not regretted RE for one second.
I will say that I prepared extensively both financially, and emotionally and I think it has paid off nicely. I simply do not miss having a job at all.
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Agree.

I had no trouble assesing my situation and analyzing post-FIRE sources of income. Once I knew I had an "all clear" on that, I easily made the decision to resign, rather than wait for an "early out" offer that might not have materialized. It never did, so I chose the right time to leave. My choice of timing, not theirs.

I had a lot of trouble going from high stress achiever mode to just chilling out. I am sure I provided some cheap entertainment to the forum community in my first year or so of FIRE.
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:45 AM   #34
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Strongly Disagree.

I retired 4.5y ago at 48 from a programming career which was an excellent match for me - easy work, decent money, and very low stress.

However, retirement suits me even better. The pay is plenty and the hours are excellent. It was a very easy transition.
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