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Old 11-14-2010, 05:54 PM   #41
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Old 11-14-2010, 06:05 PM   #42
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"Retirement" to me means having the freedom to choose my activities, every day. I will be able to reinvent myself whenever needed with minimal outside constraints. If that leads to dissatisfaction, then it's pretty clear that only I will be to blame, and it will be in my power to do something about it.
Yup, that is exactly it. If you feel like you need a job to be satisfied with your life, I think you need to do some serious thinking about what is really important to you in life. Retirement brings freedom, and there are a world of possibilities out there as to how you can occupy your time. If you need to feel "productive" (whatever that means to you), there are a zillion opportunities to do things that can help with that. I've only been retired a short time (less than a year), but I cannot imagine feeling like I need to get another job to somehow feel fulfilled or satisfied with my life. I worked 31 years for someone else (and I did have a good/satisfying career)........but it's definitely time to explore opportunities of my own choosing now.
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Old 11-14-2010, 06:32 PM   #43
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The title may be overly provocative to attract readers, but the intent is actually to foster insightful comments, I'm not trying to offend anyone.
I wrote a long post (for me) saying you raised a good question. It didn't get posted because of connection problems.

After reading some of the replies, it appears you might as well posted "I'm going to 100% cash."
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Old 11-14-2010, 06:43 PM   #44
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Mmm...hmmm...I think most everyone wants to be needed. I am one of them....

....and yes you would be missed I'm sure by many...and I am one of them.

Ahhh...but right now my passion lies in having a frosty adult beverage; sitting on my patio and watching the clouds float by. After all today is my birthday... Mmmm...hmmm...too many candles to blow out, so I'll just pop a cherry in my mouth.

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bbbamI!! bbbamI!! bbbamI!!

Happy 40th and have a tall one on me. Beer, that is
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:17 PM   #46
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3 lessons I have learned in FIRE bootcamp:

1. You don't have to hate your job to find fulfillment in FIRE.
2. If you do like your job, you probably have a greater likelihood of liking FIRE.
3. If you do hate your job you probably have much more to gain from FIRE than to lose from it.

I figure I'm a type 2, and have been stunned by how easy it has been to like FIRE. It's almost embarrassing how easy, if you have the right frame of mind (and to think I started one of the "Just 1 More Year" threads).
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:20 PM   #47
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...(and to think I started one of the "Just 1 More Year" threads).
One? ONE??
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:24 PM   #48
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I'll be 4 years into early retirement on April 1, 2011.

I'll admit to boredom while I was on my own during the day. I'll admit to a winter of pure unadulterated "doing nothing but chilling out" self imposed hibernation for 1 of those 4 years.

But dissatisfied? Nah
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:27 PM   #49
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Ahhh...but right now my passion lies in having a frosty adult beverage; sitting on my patio and watching the clouds float by. After all today is my birthday... Mmmm...hmmm...too many candles to blow out, so I'll just pop a cherry in my mouth.


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Old 11-14-2010, 07:44 PM   #50
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Ahhh...but right now my passion lies in having a frosty adult beverage; sitting on my patio and watching the clouds float by...
I am still full from the lunch we had, so will skip dinner. But the mention of booze gave me an idea. I am going to get up and make myself a brandy Manhattan. I think I am out of Maraschino cherry, but, ah, what the heck...

People can retire, or they can work. I do half-n-half. Works for me so far, and as they say, "Don't fix it if it ain't broke".
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Dissatisfaction is inevitable? I hope not, save for the end, which is no big surprise.
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:53 PM   #52
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I'll be 4 years into early retirement on April 1, 2011.
Hey, same here. And time sure is flying so I must still be on an ER honeymoon. I'll let y'all know when I'm dissatisfied and ready to go back to work.
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:51 PM   #53
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Mmm...hmmm...I think most everyone wants to be needed. I am one of them....

....and yes you would be missed I'm sure by many...and I am one of them.

Ahhh...but right now my passion lies in having a frosty adult beverage; sitting on my patio and watching the clouds float by. After all today is my birthday... Mmmm...hmmm...too many candles to blow out, so I'll just pop a cherry in my mouth.

Happy bbbirthday bbbamI!
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Happy birthday bbbamI!
Don't over do the adult Frosty's.
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:55 PM   #55
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Thanks everyone....y'all have given me a lot of smiles and it sure feels good...
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Well, I'm late to the party as usual. Wishing you a happy 40th(?) birthday BBBamI.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:17 AM   #57
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Hey, I am miserable working now, so I will take my chances that I might be less than ecstatic when I am retired.
That's the way I look at it, Brewer. I have had people say that I'd get bored if I retired early, but I just reply that I'm bored now, so what's the difference?
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:35 AM   #58
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That's the way I look at it, Brewer. I have had people say that I'd get bored if I retired early, but I just reply that I'm bored now, so what's the difference?
My co-workers all said that retiring wasn't a good decision because I would be miserably bored.

Most people reading this know that I haven't been at all bored. The past year has been wonderful.

My conclusion: people who predict that others will be bored in retirement are either envious or else lacking in imagination.
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Why can't the same thing apply to ER? Reinvent yourself. It doesn't require a paycheck.
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