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Dissatisfaction with work. (e.g. boss, commute, politics, boredom) 225 51.02%
Desire to pursue leisure activities (e.g. travel, sports, hobbies) 269 61.00%
Desire to work in a different capacity (e.g. volunteer, small business, part-time) 69 15.65%
Desire to spend more time with family, friends and loved ones 143 32.43%
Desire to care for a loved one with health issues 25 5.67%
Your health (poor health or desire to become healthier) 76 17.23%
Freedom to pursue your love of art, music, and/or culture 72 16.33%
Freedom to live in a different place 84 19.05%
Ability to live a quiet, tranquil and reflective life 175 39.68%
Other 47 10.66%
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:11 PM   #61
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I checked all but 3 in the poll.

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Old 08-21-2018, 07:36 AM   #62
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I loved what my work used to be. Now it is full of BS, MC politics, mind-numbing meetings, and inefficiencies.
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I saw a couple times where people were going to retire but just before, they either died or came down with a illness that severely affected their life. I did not want that to happen to me. Things like, no one on their death bed said I wish I would have worked more, started making a lot more sense. Then I think someone here shared that if you’re around 55/60, you really only have about 20 good summers left to enjoy. These things and wanting to have some impact on my grand children’s lives, made the difference. What made it possible was the blessing of a good, well paying job and a frugal mindset.
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Old 09-29-2018, 10:29 AM   #64
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I voted for the desire to spend more time with family, but I also wish to pursue other activities.
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Interesting, looking over a 7 year old thread to see if people still feel the same way today.
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Old 09-29-2018, 02:20 PM   #66
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I saw a couple times where people were going to retire but just before, they either died or came down with a illness that severely affected their life. I did not want that to happen to me. Things like, no one on their death bed said I wish I would have worked more, started making a lot more sense. Then I think someone here shared that if you’re around 55/60, you really only have about 20 good summers left to enjoy. These things and wanting to have some impact on my grand children’s lives, made the difference. What made it possible was the blessing of a good, well paying job and a frugal mindset.
What a great post. Really clarifying and confirming for my decision to retire in March.
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On other threads, I've posted that DW has moderate health issues that won't improve with age. Also posted that a guy in my age group left his cube (3 rows from mine) in an ambulance and died before he got to the hospital.

While I kinda like most of my job, the corp BS was wearing me down. That, and the aforementioned convinced me to pack in in. Didn't want to be flotsam or jetsam; just wanted off the ship.
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the government told me to stop working ( and now pay me to stay away )

it seems i was a stress risk to co-workers ( potential collapses on the job can do that )
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Work had become literally painful. I couldn’t sit for 8-12 hours per day in front of a computer screen, listening to endless conference calls. Had to get out for my health, physical and mental.
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Getting close to FIRE .....

big corporate MegaCorp work environment basically sapped the joy out of what used to be an interesting job.

That plus, I find my overall health was being sacrificed staying on the job ....
* sedentary lifestyle due to sitting in an office and in meetings > 8 hrs/day
* spending the best parts of each day inside a big office building ... breathing the stale air as the commercial carpeting and furniture are outgassing all day.
* sitting in a car for 2hrs/day commuting. Not only unhealthy, and a waste of time but, sooner or later I could get into a bad accident dealing with aggressive rush-hour traffic
* my stress level is high, leading to poor lifestyle choices .... eating badly, drinking too much in the evening to help "decompress", lack of exercise,
* the best part of my work day is given to MegaCorp. My family gets the leftovers of my time .... when I'm tired and in a bad mood after work. This is significant being 5 days a week.

I find that after a 2 week vacation this summer I felt great, slept better, health problem symptoms reduced (back pain, headaches, poor energy level). and my drinking went way down. It was a teaser for retirement.

Of course the day I went back to work was a sh!t storm, with status meetings, faux crises, and being inundated with email demands. Sigh ....
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Getting close to FIRE .....

big corporate MegaCorp work environment basically sapped the joy out of what used to be an interesting job.

That plus, I find my overall health was being sacrificed staying on the job ....
* sedentary lifestyle due to sitting in an office and in meetings > 8 hrs/day
* spending the best parts of each day inside a big office building ... breathing the stale air as the commercial carpeting and furniture are outgassing all day.
* sitting in a car for 2hrs/day commuting. Not only unhealthy, and a waste of time but, sooner or later I could get into a bad accident dealing with aggressive rush-hour traffic
* my stress level is high, leading to poor lifestyle choices .... eating badly, drinking too much in the evening to help "decompress", lack of exercise,
* the best part of my work day is given to MegaCorp. My family gets the leftovers of my time .... when I'm tired and in a bad mood after work. This is significant being 5 days a week.

I find that after a 2 week vacation this summer I felt great, slept better, health problem symptoms reduced (back pain, headaches, poor energy level). and my drinking went way down. It was a teaser for retirement.

Of course the day I went back to work was a sh!t storm, with status meetings, faux crises, and being inundated with email demands. Sigh ....

Hey, quit living my life!
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Had to vote "other". Not every ER is voluntary. RE wasn't my idea; I loved 'was' my job.

Company was sold and I was part of the "redundant team". Did receive a double platinum parachute however.

Despite a stellar resume, no one was interested in a 52 year old. Quite unfairly, they assumed I just was some rich guy who only wanted to take clients golfing for the next 10 years at a high salary. Then, 2008 and....

Never got another job. Not that I needed one! Never even got a serious interview.

A blessing. Best thing that ever happened to me.
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I saw a couple times where people were going to retire but just before, they either died or came down with a illness that severely affected their life. I did not want that to happen to me. Things like, no one on their death bed said I wish I would have worked more, started making a lot more sense. Then I think someone here shared that if you’re around 55/60, you really only have about 20 good summers left to enjoy. These things and wanting to have some impact on my grand children’s lives, made the difference. What made it possible was the blessing of a good, well paying job and a frugal mindset.
That may have been me.

I've mentioned here a few times the story how DW and I were sitting at a bar waiting for our table. Some older guy started talking with us.

He asked how old I was. "So you're 60? Do you realize that even if you live to be 90, you've only got 15 or 18 good summers left? Twenty at best. After that it's downhill and all you want to do is watch TV"

It was like this guy was some angel sent to give me a message. (and apparently some others). Made a huge impact on me; even though I was already RE'd 8 years.
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I voted for my full time old gig, I'm a part timer at a hobby. Anyhoo, I think some one posted this explanation that fits me.

I had enough and I have enough. I had enough of the 1 hour each way commute, I had enough of not having enough time during the week to do things I wanted because of work. I had enough of filling out BS progress reports and filling out BS expectation reports. I had enough of the BS "discussion of contributions".
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Getting close to FIRE .....

big corporate MegaCorp work environment basically sapped the joy out of what used to be an interesting job.

That plus, I find my overall health was being sacrificed staying on the job ....
* sedentary lifestyle due to sitting in an office and in meetings > 8 hrs/day
* spending the best parts of each day inside a big office building ... breathing the stale air as the commercial carpeting and furniture are outgassing all day.
* sitting in a car for 2hrs/day commuting. Not only unhealthy, and a waste of time but, sooner or later I could get into a bad accident dealing with aggressive rush-hour traffic
* my stress level is high, leading to poor lifestyle choices .... eating badly, drinking too much in the evening to help "decompress", lack of exercise,
* the best part of my work day is given to MegaCorp. My family gets the leftovers of my time .... when I'm tired and in a bad mood after work. This is significant being 5 days a week.

I find that after a 2 week vacation this summer I felt great, slept better, health problem symptoms reduced (back pain, headaches, poor energy level). and my drinking went way down. It was a teaser for retirement.

Of course the day I went back to work was a sh!t storm, with status meetings, faux crises, and being inundated with email demands. Sigh ....
lol,
I should of just copied and posted this.

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At our MegaCorp, I don't recall anyone working to age 65.
At 30 years and/or 55 years old, they offered a package that was difficult to refuse.
But they'd just show up at your desk with security guards and escort you out the door with your personal belongings.
I was fortunate to be "on the road." and was given one day's notice.
Their methods sucked, but it was how they operated. I blame it on a company culture after two equal size companies merged, and one company's management dominated. But I was thankful for the 1 year severance, 50 weeks unemployment, 5 weeks vacation, insurance to age 65 and a pay supplement until age 62 when social security could kick in.
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I want to retire early for many reasons.

1.) Been doing the same thing for 40 + years. Tired of it and I want something new.
2.) In recent years politics has invaded the work place and I don't want any part of this trend.
3.) I want that feeling again. I remember the feeling I had when I regained my Freedom for Uncle Sam's Canoe Club. I want that again.
4.) I planned when I started working this job, that I would retire at 55. Close but it's coming.
5.) "I Want to Do, What I Want Do" Having fulfilled my expected societal obligations to my family and society it is time.
6.) Because I Can!
#'s 5 & 6 are my reasons why.
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Because I loved my jobs, I had to turn it around and consider OLY. Did I want 30 years of leisure? OK next year, it is 29 and counting down. Worked for 30 years, retired for 30 years. Seemed like a good balance.

(Of course the first 30 years was a sure thing and the second highly speculative!)
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