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Done it. First day of retirement today.
Old 01-14-2014, 12:54 PM   #1
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Done it. First day of retirement today.

After much soul-searching/ hand-wringing/ lying on the couch calculating/ boring the pants off friends...I quit my job yesterday and from today I am retired, aged 53.

I should feel sadness at leaving a wonderful career, but I don't. The impact on my health was just too great - rotational shift work in emergency services. Instead I just feel free.

Today is a special day that I am going to treasure and remember forever. In time, my emotions may change, and I accept that. But for now, this day is all mine.

Thank you for letting me share.
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:56 PM   #2
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From way over, around, up here, congratulations!
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Congratulations and welcome. Let us know what you do with yourself all day.
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:01 PM   #4
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Thank you ever so much :-) I'm going to treat it with the reverence it deserves. It's very, very special.
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:08 PM   #5
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That's awesome to retire at 53. Good luck and congratulations.
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Congratulations! Hopefully, this day - amazing as it may be - will be eclipsed by the many greater days to come.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:26 PM   #7
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Congratulations! Enjoy every minute of your retirement.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:45 PM   #8
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I should feel sadness at leaving a wonderful career, but I don't. The impact on my health was just too great - rotational shift work in emergency services. Instead I just feel free.
I can relate to that. I did that too for 18 years then moved to a straight day work job with the same employer. Even just that was liberating - no more shift work, weekends and holidays off just like normal people! And while I liked the work, the health issues were starting to crop up ~age 40 and I knew I needed to make a change.

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After much soul-searching/ hand-wringing/ lying on the couch calculating/ boring the pants off friends...I quit my job yesterday and from today I am retired, aged 53.

I should feel sadness at leaving a wonderful career, but I don't. The impact on my health was just too great - rotational shift work in emergency services. Instead I just feel free.

Today is a special day that I am going to treasure and remember forever. In time, my emotions may change, and I accept that. But for now, this day is all mine.

Thank you for letting me share.
Congratulations! Nothing like that first day!
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:59 PM   #10
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Congrats, I beat you by 13 days but you beat me by 7 years.
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Congrats. Enjoy your new life stage.
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Congrats.... be happy, happy, happy!!!!!
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Congratulations, Annie!

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After much soul-searching/ hand-wringing/ lying on the couch calculating/ boring the pants off friends...I quit my job yesterday and from today I am retired, aged 53.

I should feel sadness at leaving a wonderful career, but I don't. The impact on my health was just too great - rotational shift work in emergency services. Instead I just feel free.

Today is a special day that I am going to treasure and remember forever. In time, my emotions may change, and I accept that. But for now, this day is all mine.

Thank you for letting me share.
Congrats, Annienz. Your quick story about your first day of freedom reminds me a little of my last day or work and shortly after that. I was nearly in tears on my final trip home, a long train ride (actually 2 trains), especially during the short walk home from the station. When I entered my apartment following my last commute, a commute I so despised even 2 days a week (I worked part-time for a while), I yelled out, "I'm Free!"

And I have been for more than 5 years since that wonderful day.
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Congratulations Annie! I wish you the best as you decide how this new chapter in your life should play out.

I wish you fantastic health, lots of fun, and freedom from stress and worry!!
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Very nice, congrats!
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Congratulations, Annienz!

You are embarking on such a wonderful adventure!
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:27 AM   #20
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Congrats Annie, and kudos for having the courage to pull the plug! The feeling of freedom is indeed precious.
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