Originally Posted by pb4uski
Dawg, my story is similar to yours but probably not as affluent.... but I liked my job, in the later years was making obscene $$ for how hard I worked (but had previously had worked crazy hard for many years to get to that position) and was FI.
What it came down to for me was that we had enough to live comfortably for the rest of our lives in the lifestyle that we enjoyed and working longer was effectively just making our kids richer heirs. I have other things I want to do with my time, and our kids are both out on their own and doing well (one better than the other but that is a whole different story) so there seemed to be little purpose to keep working when there were so many other better things to do. Besides, I would just soon that our kids earn their own way like we did and I think they will, and if they don't I can rest comfortably that we provided them the tools.
My transition was easy because I was an employee. I just told the boss that i would be leaving in a few months and we worked something out that worked for the both of us. But the reality is that he knew I would be leaving and I probably ended up staying longer then he thought I would.
I'm with you on the providing my kids the tools philosophy vs feeding them cash as adults. They have to stand on their own at some point or the world will get the best of them. Can't tell you how many peers of mine continue to spoon feed their adult children... frankly, feel sorry for the kids.
I'm working on the "retiring too" options. It's important to me that I have at least a few things that really get me up in the morning before I launch. While I enjoy golf from time to time, kicking back and drinking a cold beer, I need a "project" that keeps me feeling like I am doing something productive. Using these next few years to try and iron all this out. I don't want to be one of those guys who quits and the says oh ****, now what do I do.