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Old 12-02-2015, 01:57 PM   #21
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Seriously, this forum should be required reading for high schoolers.
Shhhhh! we need them to work to support SS. Naw - I agree. It would be very interesting to hear their comments after haing to spend time as an assignment reading here.

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Collectively, the folks here have saved me tens of thousands of dollars in varying ways and allowed us a new life.
Lurked here for about 3 years (I was in OMY denial) and have saved a lot of money due to advice and counsel given here.

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Investments, taxes, social security, health care, and a dozen other RE topics along with some that are just fun.
this is my new continuing education site. At least every other day I learn something new and consider other view points.

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What a surprise to realize that RE includes an entire subculture from all walks of life and financial situations!
I have found this fascinating as well and very personally enlightening.

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I get by on about 90% fewer clothes in my closet than when I was working.
It's only been a month and a half and I haven't ironed anything yet! I went to wearing cargo shorts for at least 70% of the time.

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On the forum you go from a lurker, to asking serious questions, to being a contributor. The people here become your friends.
I have already made a couple of new friends here. Some have been very helpful with advice and some are helping me with a few of my hobbies.

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To this day, I keep learning something new on this forum. I check in almost every day and most days, several times a day. I just want to see what my friends are working on each day!

Life is good!
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:58 PM   #22
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The people here become your friends. You get to know who’s truly knowledgeable, who’s just cranky all the time and who to avoid.
Geez, I will try to not be so cranky for you!

Great post though, it was good to read. I agree that this is a great forum to belong too. I am a member of many others, but the quality of posting here is SO much better than others that I am involved with. I have even had drinks with another member here and it's been GREAT to discuss FIRE'd stuff with someone that is REALLY young like myself. There just aren't many people out there that can understand all the pain and confusion joy and happiness that we experience being young, FI, and most importantly FREE!!!!
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Old 12-02-2015, 02:11 PM   #23
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Great post, thank you for sharing. This is one of the best posts I have read on this forum!
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Old 12-02-2015, 03:17 PM   #24
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Marko,


Thanks. I enjoyed reading your post and appreciate the encouragement it contains.


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Old 12-02-2015, 03:23 PM   #25
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Great post, thank you for sharing. This is one of the best posts I have read on this forum!
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Would the Mods consider a link in the FAQ forum? Marko's post is a great summary of the essence of the Early Retirement Forum.
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Old 12-02-2015, 03:46 PM   #26
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To this day, I keep learning something new on this forum. I check in almost every day and most days, several times a day. I just want to see what my friends are working on each day!
Me, too.
Interesting how you obviously touched a nerve with a very insightful and well thought out post. (Certain individuals may take that as a hint.)

I've only been here half as long (but I have more posts so I must be one of those who needs a hint). OTOH, I began my ER just over 14 years ago and share essentially all of your feelings about it.

The most pertinent line (for me) in your post was
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What a surprise to realize that RE includes an entire subculture from all walks of life and financial situations!
I think that has also been my biggest surprise, and it is truly delightful.
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Old 12-02-2015, 04:05 PM   #27
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Great post !I am at 8 years and I can not believe how easy it has been to just relax .
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Old 12-02-2015, 04:08 PM   #28
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Wonderful post, beautifully written. Here's to the next 10 and more!


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Old 12-02-2015, 05:55 PM   #29
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Great post, and thanks for the write-up. It is always nice to hear real results and the voice of experience.
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Old 12-02-2015, 06:05 PM   #30
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Thanks you for such an inspiring post. I am 35 days shy of my 10 years of ER.

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Old 12-02-2015, 06:43 PM   #31
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Love your post, Marko! Very inspiring.
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Old 12-02-2015, 06:52 PM   #32
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Thanks for the thoughtful and insightful post; well written and gives some good food for thought. At just about 5 months into ER, this is valuable perspective for me.
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Old 12-02-2015, 07:08 PM   #33
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Amazing! Inspirational. Thank you for a great read.


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Old 12-02-2015, 07:11 PM   #34
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I'm only 18 months into mine, but if someone had asked me to write down my thoughts and experiences so far it would read very much like your post.

That is, if I could manage to produce something as eloquent as you did. I doubt it. Well done, and thank you.
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Old 12-02-2015, 07:48 PM   #35
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Congratulations on ten years, pal. Great post and +1 with everything you said. The collective wisdom of this forum is continually amazing to me, even though there seem to be few things we totally agree on other than retirement is the cats-a**.

I'm coming up on 4 years later this month and it has been wonderful.

Thanks for the post.
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:02 PM   #36
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I retired from my company ten years ago today on 12.2.05, exactly 12205 days after I started. (note the numbers) I was 53.

Life is good!
Congrats... In just a little over two months my wife and I will be heading down the path you started 10 years back. I'm hoping to gain as much knowledge as you do we are successful in our retired years as you have been.

What if one thing you would have done differently if you knew then what you know now?
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:17 PM   #37
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Congrats! And thanks for a reassuring post. Good wishes for many wonderful decades to come!
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:39 PM   #38
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Terrific post and great contribution!

Thanks, Marko!
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:40 PM   #39
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Thanks for a very thoughtful post. Hanging around here is like hanging out at the golf course putting green and talking with friends about their plans and experiences. It really helps to read others experiences before I take the plunge.
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:59 PM   #40
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Wow, lots of insight in that post! Congrats.

Now I have to ask, how did that 12/2/2005 and 12205 days come about?


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