A great story. Far too many people feel like they will go on forever. The fact is, when you start to decline, it is rather quick. People can feel great at 65, and at 70 feel like they are 90.
A small illness or broken bone can put you permanently out of commission and being able to do what you were previously able to do with little effort.
Of course, quitting too early leads to a depressed lifestyle. Doing too much earlier leads to a longer working life.
The best thing you can do is keep healthy and bail out of the rat race when you are able.
FIRE no later than 7/5/2016
at 56 (done), securing '16 401K match (done), getting '15 401K match (done), LTI Bonus (done), Perf bonus (done), maxing out 401K (done), picking up 1,000 hours to get another year of pension (done), July 1st benefits (vacation day, healthcare) (done), July 4th holiday. 0 days left. (done) OFFICIALLY RETIRED 7/5/2016!!