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Old 04-17-2017, 09:24 PM   #1
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Article - 10 things that surprised me about early retirement

Interesting read on 10 things that surprised this guy about early retirement. I think most people on this forum who already RE'd would agree with most of these points.

Early retiree shares 10 things that surprised him after he quit his job - Business Insider
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Old 04-18-2017, 12:48 AM   #2
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Thanks for the share.

I would add: the ability to save some serious cash. By having the time to really comparison shop, hit senior day sales, and eat at restaurants during lunch and early bird specials, you can save a ton of $. Another plus is being able to schedule your running around to avoid driving during rush hour.
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I agree with many of his observations, but I can't say I've experienced all 10, and it is a good insight on what sounds like a successful retirement. However, the author just retired last Fall, so he may not have reached a new normal yet.
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:54 AM   #4
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At best maybe half of his 10 points apply to me. Not that I disagree with all the other half, maybe some of them. Some of the author's 10 items began happening to me when I simply reduced my weekly hours work, as in semi-retired.
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Old 04-18-2017, 05:09 AM   #5
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I can completely relate to his post! I've also only been retired since last fall and have experienced many of the pleasant surprises he talks about. We'll see how things evolve, but so far, even better than I expected!
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I agree with many of his observations, but I can't say I've experienced all 10, and it is a good insight on what sounds like a successful retirement. However, the author just retired last Fall, so he may not have reached a new normal yet.
Agreed. His "no longer dreading Mondays" tells me that he's still measuring things within a work context. Similar to "every day feels like Saturday" comments.

To me, you are fully, mentally retired when each day is just another day in your life, not measured against something related to work.

I know it's just me, but I found his "dressing down" point disappointing though. I think it's a slippery slope between casual dressing and slowly becoming a slob. Yes, after 12 years I still wear a suit for funerals and weddings and yes, I often shlub around in my sweats early in the morning. But generally I dress like I'm headed to the golf club even when I'm only going to Costco.

But that's just me.
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Just about 10 for 10 here as well, great article that many of us can relate to.
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The article describes me very well, except I was a morning person before I retired. But now I start playing at about the same time I used to start working.
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I agree with some/many of his points, less so with others. Most though, I agree with his comment on never seeing himself going back to work. If my stack doesn't hold up, I'll be in deep trouble.
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Here are the 10 things that surprised the author about early retirement:

1. Mondays become the best day of the week.
2. My colleagues can't accept that I'm retired.
3. I'm busier than ever.
4. I'm in the best physical shape of my life.
5. I've gotten very comfortable wearing casual clothes.
6. My family relationships are much better.
7. I'm learning and growing more than ever.
8. I can't go back to work anymore.
9. The stress is gone.
10. I've turned into a morning person.

Most of them are absolutely correct in my case and I have to give this guy a pat on the back for actually knowing what he is writing about. In my case there are only a few exceptions:

Number 2 is an exception because I haven't maintained any contact with my colleagues. I would assume that would be the case, though, if I contacted any of them.

Number 4 was true until I hit age 67 and I have experience considerable decline since that age.

Number 6 would be true if any of my family lived around here and if so many of them weren't dead already.

Number 10 is interesting. All my life I thought I was a morning person, but until I retired, between work and school I never had the option of determining my sleep schedule. Now that I can, I find that I am actually a night person after all. Who knew?
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Agreed. His "no longer dreading Mondays" tells me that he's still measuring things within a work context. Similar to "every day feels like Saturday" comments.

To me, you are fully, mentally retired when each day is just another day in your life, not measured against something related to work.
Well, to be fair, I also keep track of the days. Primary to remember when to put the garbage out and also to know when to NOT run errands. I agree with the author that Mondays are quite wonderful and going into year 3 of retirement, I would be highly disappointed if I couldn't revel in the "AH!! IT'S MONDAY!!!" celebration. So, for me, Monday isn't related to w*rk in the least.

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I know it's just me, but I found his "dressing down" point disappointing though. I think it's a slippery slope between casual dressing and slowly becoming a slob. Yes, after 12 years I still wear a suit for funerals and weddings and yes, I often shlub around in my sweats early in the morning. But generally I dress like I'm headed to the golf club even when I'm only going to Costco.

But that's just me.
Meh. If I can't wear flip flops and shorts, then I am not going to whatever event it is. However, my shorts and t-shirt are in good repair and clean, so I don't *think* I look like a slob. But, if I do..that's OK as some would call it "stealth wealth".

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Here are the 10 things that surprised the author about early retirement:

1. Mondays become the best day of the week.
2. My colleagues can't accept that I'm retired.
3. I'm busier than ever.
4. I'm in the best physical shape of my life.
5. I've gotten very comfortable wearing casual clothes.
6. My family relationships are much better.
7. I'm learning and growing more than ever.
8. I can't go back to work anymore.
9. The stress is gone.
10. I've turned into a morning person.
I agree with almost all the points. #4, not quite but close. My younger years in the military was my most "fit" time. #10...sort of. I still don't get up very early, but I do get up earlier than I thought I would. I don't know the last time I set an alarm!

I do like the list, however. It seems like most of the ER articles I have read lately have been along the lines of "Why ER SUCKS!!!" and I haven't been able to agree on almost anything they have written.
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I didn't turn into a morning person, although since we added our little dog to the family I've become one (he rarely sleeps past 7:20 so we go for our morning walk then). The rest all sound pretty familiar, except #3. I wouldn't say I'm busier than ever, but I do have many more things on my to-do list that don't get done than I expected.
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nice post, im not a morning person but the rest rang true for me, especially the first one not dreading mondays
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I have not worn a suit since my last funeral. But I always get dressed when I go out except to garden et al. Lots of the points are pretty personal. After retiring from 3 companies, I got pretty good at it.
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:10 PM   #18
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Thanks for listing the 10 points since I did not want to turn off my adblocker either. I enjoy being able to stay up later if I feel like it and not worrying about how I will feel in the am. My 4 doggies make me get up between 7-8. I love being in stores while people are at work. I am not in the best physical shape of my life unfortunately. But better then the few years before I retired.
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I agreed with a lot of these, especially the one about Mondays.
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I could not be bothered to turn off my ad-blocker. But I clicked on the link and immediately after the article came up on the screen I copied it and pasted it into a Word document -- within the three seconds or so before it was blocked by the "we see you are using an ad-blocker" message. So I could read the article without turning off the ad blocker.

I liked the article. When I read stuff like that, especially from a guy with a high stress job and a dislike of Mondays -- two conditions that afflict me -- it makes me even more looking forward to my ER. (One of these days -- as soon as I can get past whatever mental block stops me from taking the leap).
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