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Old 06-17-2015, 10:07 AM   #1
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Because of this forum I am unemployed

And I want to offer a huge thank you !!!

For the first time in 36 years I am not receiving a paycheck. Instead I will use my dividends and investment principal (and in 18 year SSI) to carry me through my remaining life.

Today is day 2 of my retirement. I requested no hoopla so my last day was quiet. I arrrived at the office at 11am, had lunch and chit-chat with colleagues in one of the conference rooms (we ordered in), and left for the last time at 2pm. My ex-coworkers walked me to my car as one of them carried my "box of junk" (mainly a couple of photos and my collection of Happy Meal toys which were my destressors). No fanfare - just a bunch of hugs and smiles.

Yesterday DH and I celebrated by going to a matinee movie (who does that ) and an early dinner at my favorite restaurant on the beach. Today I am set to work on craft projects for Vacation Bible School (another thing I could not have done if I were still w*rking).

It's a little scary giving up the decent sized paycheck, and while I thought this would just feel like vacation it does not. I know that I am free . I had one fleeting moment where I thought about something that could improve a process at the office and then I laughed maniacally as I realized it is no longer my problem !

Thanks again for the excellent suggestions from the forum which gave me the confidence to take this magical leap !!!
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Congratulations! It sounds like you are already enjoying your freedom so I hope this is just the beginning. Enjoy the retired life.
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Congratulations!! Retirement has been so much fun for me and I hope it is for you, too.
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Old 06-17-2015, 10:28 AM   #9
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Wheeee!!!

Seriously though, congratulations!
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What will you do all day?
What will you do all day?

Aren't you a little young?

I worry that you'll be bored!

You must be rich!

Can I have a loan?

Seriously...CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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What will you do all day?

Aren't you a little young?

I worry that you'll be bored!

You must be rich!

Hey - were you at my office on Monday ?

The other big one was "I'm so jealous". I tell them I don't want them to be jealous, I want them to be inspired ! One of my younger co-workers began maxing out his Roth 401k when I first mentioned early retirement and the things I did (and didn't do!) to get there. I'm so proud of him for doing that.
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Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm inspired (and jealous!)

Enjoy the freedom!
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Glad to hear the happy news L+L. Enjoy!
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I had one fleeting moment where I thought about something that could improve a process at the office and then I laughed maniacally as I realized it is no longer my problem !
This has got to be the best part. Congrats!
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Your first unemployed Monday morning will be the BEST! Or Sunday night before, as was my case! Congratulations!
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Good for you. Now start enjoying everyday to the fullest!!
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