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Old 01-15-2014, 12:00 PM   #21
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I love to hear stories like this!!! It helps motivate me! Congratulations!
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:31 PM   #22
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Thanks again, everyone, for the congrats. As the day wore on I went from feeling fine to feeling ridiculously happy. Who knew making pumpkin soup could be so satisfying? Or sitting in the sun with a cup of herbal tea and the cat at my feet, looking lovingly up at her mummy :-)

I had a wonderful day, and it was very interesting to get the responses from some of my friends...the big one seemed to be this kind of panicked, "But what are you going to DO?" I don't really like to say, "Well frankly...nothing..." because I know not everyone has the choice to do what I've done.

I rang my mum and dad and gave them my roster for the next week: No earlies, No lates, No nights...ever. I used to have to ring them and tell them what shift I was on.

Ended the evening by drinking way too much wine with my husband and curling up in bed feeling this delicious sense of absolute freedom.
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:54 PM   #23
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Congratulations annienz,
I too retired from shift work. The very best of my six months of retirement has sleeping at night! Lots of other great times doing whatever I wanted to do.
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:23 PM   #24
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...the big one seemed to be this kind of panicked, "But what are you going to DO?" I don't really like to say, "Well frankly...nothing..." .

I've had the same reaction and have been providing the same answer. The point is, to DO what I WANT...if that is nothing, so what? I think the people who ask that question have so little internal support they can't even imagine not having the structure and time and energy consumption that is provided by a job.
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:59 PM   #25
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I've had the same reaction and have been providing the same answer. The point is, to DO what I WANT...if that is nothing, so what? I think the people who ask that question have so little internal support they can't even imagine not having the structure and time and energy consumption that is provided by a job.

I'm hearing you. There have been an ever-increasing number of people contacting me saying, "Have you REALLY left?" followed by, "I wanna leave too! Tell me how I can!"

My biggest fear was lack of social contact but (even though it's only day 2) I already have 5 appointments for coffee/ wine/ movies in the next 10 days. I've been surprised who's come out of the woodwork and said "Good on you - let's catch up."
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:55 PM   #26
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I did it 27 days ago and I love it! My shoulder pain is gone, I have no more anxiety and dreadful feelings about getting up in the morning To go to work.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy the freedom.
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:56 PM   #27
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I'm finding the days go by really fast and I'm not even being productive!
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:13 PM   #28
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Thank you everyone for your replies, again - really appreciated. I feel fabulous
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:40 PM   #29
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:43 PM   #30
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WTG Anniez. Let those shoulders drop and enjoy. I'm 6 months into ER and just love not thinking about work.

Congrats!
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:55 PM   #31
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I remember the morning of my first day of retirement. When I got out of bed it literally felt like my body was lighter, as if I concentrated hard enough I might float.
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:42 PM   #32
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Sounds like you made one of your best decisions! Enjoy the time and being able to do what you want to do, when you want to do it.
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:56 PM   #34
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Life is too short: 'Boeing Machinists union president steps down: The experience "changed my perspective on work-life balance," Wroblewski, 59, said. "Your job should not destroy your health."
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:25 PM   #35
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Old 01-17-2014, 01:11 AM   #36
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Congratulations! Everyday is the weekend now. Enjoy!!!
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:40 AM   #37
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That's great! You will enjoy retirement more than most.

I worked rotating shifts my whole working life...up until the last 3 years. 33 years. Those last 3 tears showed me what I was really missing out on in life, besides living in permanent jet lag, being tired all the time. I retired last week...age 56...the earliest I could go at my age with the Feds.

I know you will enjoy the freedom and chance to live a normal life.
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:30 AM   #38
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Done it. First day of retirement today.

Congrats! Just retired myself at the beginning of the year. While its been a bit of an adjustment, each day is better than the one before and the freedom is great. Welcome to your new life.
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Old 01-24-2014, 02:13 AM   #39
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Congratz! I hope to join you in 5 years at age 45 and tell everyone that ask me what I will do and reply "NOTHING. I HAVE NO PLAN. I WILL DO WHATEVER I WILL FEEL DOING."

I feel less stressed already now because I don't feel like a corporate slave!
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