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Old 04-11-2013, 06:30 AM   #61
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Originally Posted by clifp View Post
Yes and no. I was absolutely the right decision for me to take some time off work, and smell the rose, or orchids in my case.
But I think 39 is too young not have found a second career and while I do volunteer work it isn't the same thing.
Also 39. But I didn't feel the need for a second career. We went "full time" into some serious hobbies instead.

But that was a long time ago now - I've been retired over 13 years. Still loving it and wouldn't change a thing.

Well, I thought I was retired. But it seems that now I'm working as a travel agent instead!
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:31 AM   #62
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Does this thread really belong in the "Hi, I am ..." forum? "Life after FIRE" would be much more appropriate.

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it's just ... irresponsible (?) somehow. You're "supposed" to work until you're 65, right? Or at least 59? Aren't I being reckless or lax or irresponsible somehow, by bowing out so early? Shouldn't I stick around longer, like everyone else? And I'm going to walk away from a job at my "peak earning capacity"? Isn't that foolhardy?

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Old 04-11-2013, 08:36 AM   #63
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I think it's key that you have things you want to do with your time when you ER - especially if it's going to be a somewhat frugal retirement. If you have $20 million this seems irrelevant.

For me it was just a question of saving enough money - I ALWAYS have things to do that I enjoy (and some I don't)... and the j*b was killing me. More or less literally, from stress.
Retired July 2, 2010 at 62. My only regret is that I couldn't do it sooner.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:02 PM   #64
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Curious as to when you retired? 55 (2012)

Was it a good decision or should you have waited?

Great decision. It was better in many ways that I did not even expect.

Or should you have done it sooner?

I would have liked to, especially now, knowing how good it is, however, the previous couple of years were rough in the portfolio department and would not have supported my conservative nature.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:18 AM   #65
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It was a very good decision ! I have much less stress in my life and have time to do things I like to do.

I don't think I should have done it sooner. It was certainly the right time for me.
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:49 AM   #66
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55 years 7 months. Good decision. Stayed retired for 6 months and got a call with an offer too good to be refused and worked mostly from home for 13 months until the end of this last Jan. That really helped with transition to my current state of mind, not to mention a little more margin. Would not have retired earlier. I had targeted age 57-58 but THINGS CHANGED at work so it was time to go. I have not regretted it at all. I spend a lot of time fiddling with my financial projections and listening here for anything that might help me.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:41 AM   #67
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Was it a good decision or should you have waited? Very good decision but I waited to long to make it!
Or should you have done it sooner Yes, by maybe 2 years but I was greedy and a little afraid to take the plunge.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:46 AM   #68
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61 (just a couple weeks ago). Still feel like I did something wrong, but that's the psychology of our work ethic country.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:18 AM   #69
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Age 57 (a little over a month ago).
A great decision - even though I didn't actually plan it in advance (it 'presented itself' as an option because my job was eliminated).
It would have been awesome to go even sooner - but not sure I would have felt FI enough -- certainly couldn't have even considered it before age 56 when I became eligible for early federal pension.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:29 AM   #70
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This thread has proved very insightful to me. I have been on this site for a few years, but was under the impression that most here had retired in their 30's or 40's. I just turned 50 and thought I was "behind" most of the participants. Now I see that I may still be on track!

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