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Old 05-17-2016, 01:09 AM   #21
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The best part of being retired per Schopenhauer--undisturbed leisure. Most of humanity throughout history never had a chance to acquire it.

I understand missing the camaraderie, but those with no financial worries and lots of free time, it's a rare position to be.

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Old 05-17-2016, 02:52 AM   #22
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With the business experience, you may be able to volunteer with SCORE. This organization provides mentorship and advice to budding entrepreneurs. I have thought about doing some volunteering when I stop working full time again and I like the idea of helping people who are trying to help themselves. An enabler, but for good.

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Old 05-17-2016, 09:10 AM   #23
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I found myself in similar situation not long ago.
Some friends on this forum helped with their experience which is accessible through the following link.
I am feeling quite good these days and the key has been:
Cutting down the morning sleep
Joining a gym, a pool, and a volleyball group
Committing myself to write certain number of hours on my new book that gives me a sense of purpose
Joining a few social groups and activities that help me feel less isolated
Joined a driving school and studying to get a driving licence for heavy vehicles
I shared how I felt with 4 friends (2 couples) and they invited me to spend one full day and night with them on alternate weeks so I enjoy enough human contact on a weekly basis.
Good luck
Retired early and baffled!
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Old 05-17-2016, 09:10 AM   #24
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I am about 8-9 months into retirement. I love that I can do whatever I want to do, within reason. I have been doing lots of home improvements that I do enjoy doing, for the most part.

I have been into fishing all my life. I am also an avid shooter involved in shooting sports, and I have done some woodworking for a few years now.

However, I find myself not going fishing very often, or doing any woodworking (unless related to a home improvement), and shooting only about the same amount of time I spent before retirement. I am reloading more than I did before retirement.

I often find an excuse not to go fishing or shooting, like its too windy, or I don't feel like getting the boat ready to go, or the fishing is not so good yet. I hope I get over this laziness soon. I am not bored because I always find something to do around the house.

By the way, I have no desire whatsoever of going back to work, even part time.
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:14 PM   #25
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I'm glad the OP shared her thoughts here. I'm not yet retired, but warming up to the idea. I share concerns about post-ER life.

I always thought I'd work until I dropped, because I do enjoy what I do, but I at least want the flexibility to do it on my own terms - that is, because I believe in the work and want to do it, not because finances require it.

For the OP, I'm wondering if you've done an inventory of the things that move you - for me, it's fine and performing arts, fly fishing, travel/exploration/history. These are my passions, what are yours?
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:31 PM   #26
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No adjustment period this end. Don't like people that much, like my pets and all animals much, much more... So this is just wonderful for me.
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:20 PM   #27
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Good options, Options.

"Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants."
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