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Old 02-25-2008, 05:40 PM   #1
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what do you tell ppl when they ask what youre doing after you "early retire"?

Im really not sure what Im doing. I'll be starting off by recovering from bunion surgery.
Then I tell them "wherever life takes me" - no real answer
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:46 PM   #2
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I just tell them that i'm a freelance gynecologist.

See one of the various "Whadda ya do all day?" threads.
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I tell them I am going to be "not working"!!

Or, "enjoying the rest of my life, doing whatever I want to do".

Or, "Oh gosh, there's so much to do. I have enough of an imagination that I'll never get bored."

Or, "moving North".

Or, "sleeping in!"

Or, "getting healthy, working out every day at the gym!"

Or, "everything I can't do while I am stuck in a cubicle!"
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Old 02-25-2008, 06:38 PM   #5
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Im really not sure what Im doing. I'll be starting off by recovering from bunion surgery.
Then I tell them "wherever life takes me" - no real answer
I have faced these questions too. The interesting thing about this kind of question is the discomfort many people have at the thought of retirement. Given our "work ethic" focused society, people are defined by what they do for a living. When you reach financial independence, you no longer have to define yourself by your job.

It seems tremendously important to many people to be "busy and productive". It's as if people are no longer comfortable without lots of busy work to keep them from thinking about anything expect a frantic life revolving around work deadlines, traffic battles, and too many personal chores crammed into too little time.

My advice is to not worry about what people think. Retirement means the freedom to be who you are and do what you want without worrying about how others judge you. Actually, I kind of like your response of “where life takes me”. The reality is, for many of us, retirement ends up taking us in a different direction than we planned. The people who know and love you will understand and support you no matter how you describe your plans for retirement. Bottom line - enjoy your freedom!
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Old 02-25-2008, 07:24 PM   #6
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Or maybe turnabout is fair play: "So what do you do when you're not working?" Let them ponder that themselves.
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:52 PM   #7
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When asked, what are your plans when you retire, I've been responding:

Whatever I want to do, and on my schedule. BTW, I got the attitude from this board!

For those who still frown at the answer: "Well really, it's a entirely new adventure, and I have a long time to explore."

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See one of the various "Whadda ya do all day?" threads.
(FAQ archive) But... what will I do all day?
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:46 AM   #9
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Not there yet, but the answer will be..."whatever I want", i.e.

getting in shape,
cooking real food
beautifying my home and landscape
adventures in the RV
seeing people and places I have longed to see
sleeping until I want to get up
staying up until I want to sleep

....and most importantly:
enjoying the company of my DW

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I tell them I am going to be "not working"!!

Or, "enjoying the rest of my life, doing whatever I want to do".

Or, "Oh gosh, there's so much to do. I have enough of an imagination that I'll never get bored."

Or, "moving North".

Or, "sleeping in!"

Or, "getting healthy, working out every day at the gym!"

Or, "everything I can't do while I am stuck in a cubicle!"
De-toxing.
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Ask them if they had an option to not set the alarm clock tomorrow and face traffic to sit inside all day, would they take it?
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If they ask me in one of those you can't really be happy tones, I reply....'I'm doing what I've always wanted to do, nothing.'

That usually gets an odd look or two.
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i'm with dawg. i just tell them i'm a lazygood4nothinbum and let them think whatever they want.

edit: i'm going to start complaining about how all the non-retired people can be so inconvenient. i have to wait until after rush hour before i leave the house in the morning so i'm not caught up in their traffic. and then i have to get all my chores done before the evening rush starts. i have to go to the matinee just to get a decent seat. and don't even talk to me about early-bird specials.
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tell them you stopped living at work and now you work at living.
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Not to cross thread too much - but several years into ER(after the deck, the pier, and several rounds of creative remodeling, her stuff, etc) I became utterly fasinated with the life cycle of the human turd. So after much research being a legend in my own mind(a personal affliction) built a reverse process - intense chlorination low volume, then dilute to holding lagoon and then out into my 'big swamp' (not exact but sorta like the city of Slidell, Fritchie swamp).

It's not bragging when your swamp cane is twice as high as your neighbors and the object of lust and envy when ' cut cane for the duck blind season came around.'

I did notice over the years when people asked 'what do you do all day?' and I launched into my personally designed 'Turd' system details - it seemed to shorten the conversation somewhat.

Of course that may have been just my impression.

heh heh heh - and there's always 'doing nothing in particular and only getting half of it done.' - various versions being sort of a forum motto.
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I hate that question. I feel like I'm expected to answer with a single activity that is filling 8 hours a day. I do lots of different things, but none of them for 8 hours.

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