I think it just a little over a year for me, gradually coming to grips with the changes retirement would mean for my psyche. I have saved for retirement since my late 20s but most of that time, mostly enjoying what I did, and really didn't think I would actually retire. Partly I guess because of the retirees that I saw while growing up. They seemed not to retire from work, but retire from life.
This board has helped me a lot. Learning from people who have been there and done it. I will hang it up at the end of the quarter, not because things are so bad, but just that I am looking forward to new things.
Maybe it would be easier if I were working for a bunch of bozos, but honestly, I like all of the people I am working for and with. (Upper management seems to make some very strange decisions, but that is another matter) Although we have had our ups and downs, and plenty of corporate BS, those I directly work with are all competent and good people and I think we all do share a mutual respect.
It wasn't until the last quarter of last year, that I finally realized I actually would do it on the schedule planned. I grabbed a bunch of books on retirement, and joined e-r.org, calculated and recalculated the financial part, and then the first part of the year told everyone about my decision.
So for me, a lifetime of planning, about 1 year of gradually realizing change was coming, and about three months to really make the decision.
Still feel a little strange about it, but looking forward to what the next stage brings.
And again, thanks to all the people here at e-r.org for providing such a great forum and service to us all.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.