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I'm busy with part time work and hobby, it feels that same as when I was working 3 4.23%
I'm a homebody and jove to be just a couch potato and occasionally do housework 11 15.49%
I'm not working but very active physically (golf, hiking, kayak, biking, climbing) 24 33.80%
I travel several times - jetsetting or going to our vacation home 11 15.49%
I'm stuck taking care of family (kids, parents) and wish I could get out more 4 5.63%
Everyday feels like I'm on a luxury vacation and the fun never stops 6 8.45%
I do a lot of volunteer work and community service 5 7.04%
I feel like retirement is boring and sometimes I feel depressed and anxious 7 9.86%
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Old 12-08-2015, 01:10 PM   #1
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Poll: What does retirement feel like to you?

So, you're retired, and how does it feel like? I'm running an poll and vote on the first thing that comes to mind, or the closest to describing your retirement experience.




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I'm not yet retired, so I don't know.


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I'm having a difficult time identifying with the poll choices.
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Old 12-08-2015, 01:38 PM   #5
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List is incomplete, where is "Awesome"?
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I'm having a difficult time identifying with the poll choices.
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There should be a "none of the above" option.
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I'm having a difficult time identifying with the poll choices.
+2.

Maybe this will help:

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I'm busy with part time work and hobby, it feels that same as when I was working
Nope, I don't work part time. I'm fully retired.
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I'm a homebody and jove to be just a couch potato and occasionally do housework
Well, I do love to be a couch potato and I am very much a homebody, but I also go to the gym and get out and about. Gotta stay healthy! Oh, and I do very little housework.
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I'm not working but very active physically (golf, hiking, kayak, biking, climbing)
Don't do any of those activities. I do go to the gym three times a week. I wouldn't say I am *very* active physically, though.
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I travel several times - jetsetting or going to our vacation home
I don't travel at all.
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I'm stuck taking care of family (kids, parents) and wish I could get out more
I am not stuck taking care of family.
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Everyday feels like I'm on a luxury vacation and the fun never stops
Close, in that the fun never stops. But a luxury vacation? No, that brings to mind food that is too rich, lots of white glove service, and sightseeing. Retirement is more comfy than that for me, like an old sock. It's just not that fancy and I wouldn't want it to be. For me it's more like a never-ending Saturday than like a luxury vacation.
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I do a lot of volunteer work and community service
I'm not that virtuous!
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I feel like retirement is boring and sometimes I feel depressed and anxious
Good heavens, no. How anyone could get bored in retirement, is completely beyond me. I learned long ago how to keep myself interested and engaged in life. In retirement I almost never feel even slightly depressed or anxious, as opposed to my working days when work itself could cause me to feel that way.
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Thanks for the feedback, but couldn't edit the poll - it won't let me.




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Without being too obtuse, after four years it's a mix of many of the above. More often than not I am busy with all sorts of things (hobbies, chores, workout, travel, etc.), though not paid work or couch potato, but some days are kinda boring (in winter in my case). Not every day/week/month/year was the same when I was working, and I didn't expect it to be after I retired. No matter who you are, it's what you make of it anyway...
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All of 1-6, sometimes #7, and never #8. I didn't vote obviously because it would be meaningless.
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Bloody awful.

Am sleeping late, spend too much time playing, no headaches, can't b*tch about and idiot boss, spend day time working out figure skaiting. Those are just the few of the many negatives. Oh wait, they are good things.
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List is incomplete, where is "Awesome"?
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I'm a homebody and (L)ove to be just a couch potato and occasionally do housework as being "Awesome".

I do more than just that but it's close enough
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The poll should allow multiple selections.

- I have school age kids at home and MIL is in need of a lot of our attention, so I'm tied down.
- I took 9 weeks travelling this summer - so I jet set.
- I love being a couch potato!
- I walk the dog on the beach every day - is that being active (not at the pace I walk) or is it a hobby, or is it....

It's not a single option when you're retired. The biggest thing is that you no longer have to work for money and have (more) control over you time.
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Much like W2R, we're pretty much homebodies, go to the gym regularly, visit with friends/relatives often, everyday's a Saturday kind of retirement. We don't much care for travel but do once in a great long while. I read a lot of library books and that is something I looked forward to before retirement. Having had my fill of action and adventure I like a low-stress lifestyle.

So none of the poll options really fit for me.
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I answered no 3 because I hike, bike, and kayak a lot.

But I probably spend more time at No 1 (hobbies, no work)
Also spend some time traveling - probably 3-4 months per year away from home.
Also do some volunteer work for our HOA
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I answered 2, Homebody, but "Everyday feels like I'm on a luxury vacation and the fun never stops" applies also!
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Should expand choices then allow people to pick more than one. As it stands it would be of little use.
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Retirement for me feels like I robbed a bank and got away with it. I still can't believe I get paid for breathing.
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None of the above, not even close.
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