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Old 09-27-2013, 07:45 PM   #41
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So often I see (or am asked to be a reference for) jobs that I could do in my sleep. I find myself saying "I want that job!!".

I end up asking myself: "what problem am I trying to solve?". I never have a good answer, so I go back out to the boat.

Then, I tell myself that just because I can do the job doesn't mean I HAVE TO DO that job. It's hard sometimes to separate the idea of being able to so something with actually doing it!

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Old 09-28-2013, 12:11 PM   #42
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Thanks, clifp, for that excellent post.

I'm coming up on 3 years ER'd next week. For the most part, it is wonderful. I do have meaningful volunteer engagements that use some of the skills I built up during my career. But I periodically struggle with the idea that I did not accomplish all that I could have in my career, and also that my phone didn't ring once after I ER'd with someone begging me to go back to w*rk. Fortunately, it isn't something that spoils my day, just "stuff" that lurks in my mind at times.

I also think that I'm starting to forget just how bad the w*rk environment was the last 5 years. Maybe I should go back to reading Dilbert for a reminder...
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:35 PM   #43
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I have a number of older friends who retired when they were able to comfortably, then started giving back either by working at a non-profit organization or through volunteer activity. This allowed them to keep contributing while doing something they loved. Each of them is wildly happier than they ever were before. You might want to think about things other than your professional career that you care about or that are meaningful to you and explore options that were not possible during your working years.
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:49 PM   #44
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I am so much loving reading all of these posts. I think one of my 'issues' which has 2 sides,is, I am single. So I have the joy of doing whatever I want...whenever..BUT I am now realizing I am lonely, sometimes. I don't have that DH (or DW) that so many of these posts refer to. So no 'buddy' sitting right there,ready to share this new life. So I find myself looking for social groups of other people available during the day. And so far,so good. I've met so many new people. But i am almost on a mission to do that! And as I've said in other dog is thrilled. (as are my parents,whom I am helping with)...I am also thinking of moving...but where?? so many new ideas to ponder. I am still young and healthy..the whole world is out there..I will keep looking.
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