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Old 12-16-2011, 07:00 PM   #21
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It's a lot like quitting smoking. At first you will think about tobacco almost everyday. Eventually, you only think about it once in a while. In the final stages of being free, you'll very rarely ever think about w*rk again.

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Old 12-20-2011, 07:43 PM   #22
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WHEN YOU GET STABILIZED YOU'LL FEEL RETIRED. Until we sold our house and moved, we were in limbo. Now that we have moved, my wife is not subbing part time at the school that she started 16 years ago, and we've gotten out lives together in new ways here, AND we're not going somewhere to be gainfully employed, we know that we are retired.

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Old 12-21-2011, 09:38 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by Retire Soon View Post
It's a lot like quitting smoking. At first you will think about tobacco almost everyday. Eventually, you only think about it once in a while. In the final stages of being free, you'll very rarely ever think about w*rk again.
I guess after only 6 months I'm in the final stage. I don't think much about what I did before at all, except as if it was another life. I'm no longer that person. Altho....

For more than 25 years in my work place at Xmas, I hung up a sign with an "L", with one of those NO crosses over it. It means NO-L or Noel! I sent it to the head bosses secretary who used to work for me. She now has it posted in the Head bosses office. Everyone remembers me at Xmas now, since I was the only one who ever poted the sign at Xmas.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:17 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by wishing4it View Post
FIRE'd 2 months ago but it seems like I haven't FIRE'd at all. Of course, we decided to full-time RV so selling our home, storing stuff, selling stuff, giving away even more stuff took alot of time. Moving my FIL to a Nursing Home at the same time we closed on our home was never planned but had to happen. So two moves really. Then a court hearing involving a family matter that never seems to resolve itself, and another house sale that isn't done yet (this house is a nightmare)... Now, trying to apply for Medicaid on behalf of my FIL from afar.

I must be feeling sorry for myself. I think I need someone here to slap me! There is no way I could have handled everything that's come our way in the last 2 months if I wasn't FIRE'd! Anyone else in this boat? Wish I could just slow down.
I agree with one of Thoreau's posts above. The reason you don't feel retired, is that you really haven't retired yet - - you just traded one job for another that consists of all the tasks in your first paragraph.

You will feel retired when you can allow yourself to awaken and realize that you have nothing pressing that you must do, and that you can do as you like all day long. As for me, I felt like I was retired very quickly. The day after my last day of work I got up, and wondered what I would do with all my time during that day. I decided to go to the gym in the morning, and then after that I came home, showered, and went clothes shopping later on at the shopping center across the street from my former workplace. It was a great first day of retirement.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:56 PM   #25
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[QUOTE=thoreau;1142841]I guess after only 6 months I'm in the final stage. I don't think much about what I did before at all, except as if it was another life. I'm no longer that person. Altho....

Whilst I feel retired (been retired for more than a year), I still think of my working life as very much mine (not another life). It is just that I have moved on to another stage of my life and what I developed and learned in my working life contributes a lot to what I am and sometimes, what I do and don't do now.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:56 AM   #26
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It took me a year, but we had some issues with my FIL and that kind of put a kink in things. Who knows how long it would have taken otherwise. Just be glad you don't have to take care of all that stuff and work. I was so thankful that all our trips to Oregon to put my FIL in a nursing home and then bury him were done after I retired. I don't know how we would have done it otherwise.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:54 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by Nuiloa View Post
What kind of RV?

Just kidding..... look at it this way: once all the carp is out of the way, you'll be living free on the open road. Think of Dr. Seuss' story of "Oh the Places You'll Go!"

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.


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May as well finish it. I love this poem. I'm having it framed for my RV, which I'll be hitting the road in in 175 days

Part 2

You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don't
Because, sometimes, you won't.

I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.
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Part 3

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

NO! That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes, they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike
and I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!

I hope it's a very BIG RV!

You may be whatever you resolve to be.
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