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Old 07-20-2021, 08:31 AM   #81
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Sold my dental practice at 54 and “retired”. I volunteer at a Charity clinic and a year ago a friend asked if I would be willing to help him out a bit. I go in 1.5 days a week and work a relaxed schedule and can take time off to travel at any time. I know but some people’s definition that is not retirement but for me it is truly like a hobby, kind of like woodworking.
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Old 07-20-2021, 08:37 AM   #82
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Sold my dental practice at 54 and “retired”. I volunteer at a Charity clinic and a year ago a friend asked if I would be willing to help him out a bit. I go in 1.5 days a week and work a relaxed schedule and can take time off to travel at any time. I know but some people’s definition that is not retirement but for me it is truly like a hobby, kind of like woodworking.
Would you do the work for free?
Just curious.
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Old 07-20-2021, 11:49 AM   #83
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Sold my dental practice at 54 and “retired”. I volunteer at a Charity clinic and a year ago a friend asked if I would be willing to help him out a bit. I go in 1.5 days a week and work a relaxed schedule and can take time off to travel at any time. I know but some people’s definition that is not retirement but for me it is truly like a hobby, kind of like woodworking.
I read this and can't help but think about wooden teeth

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I retired at 50. I figured the vast majority of this forum was going to be people who retired early, since it’s right there in the name. I’m actually confused why there’s so many here who didn’t retire until more normal retirement age.
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Old 07-21-2021, 03:37 PM   #84
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I retired a couple of months ago at 53. The plan was 55 but work was no longer tolerable so 53 it is. Can't imagine ever going back to work barring an utter catastrophe.
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Old 07-21-2021, 03:47 PM   #85
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^^^^^ I understand that! Good luck. Same for me. I left last July at 54 and will not be going back to any office or boss or that noise. After doing zippo for money for 10 months, a mental switch flipped and it has been fun lately to add back small but meaningful income streams, like refinishing and reselling furniture, getting good at cash-back credit cards and even doing a little paid consulting, which I’m finding is easy and actually fun in my case and gives me a tiny bit of structure - after the good long total break I needed, though.
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Old 07-22-2021, 11:57 AM   #87
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Would you do the work for free?

Just curious.


I actually see relatives and close friends for free. And I do it for free at the charity clinic. I also had been taking 1-2 mission trips a year before COVID hit.
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I actually see relatives and close friends for free. And I do it for free at the charity clinic. I also had been taking 1-2 mission trips a year before COVID hit.
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Old 07-23-2021, 04:06 PM   #92
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Old 07-23-2021, 04:20 PM   #93
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Retired at age 49. That was 20 years ago. Haven't worked since.

I was recalling today how unhappy I was at that job for several years.
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Old 07-23-2021, 04:34 PM   #94
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Old 07-23-2021, 04:43 PM   #95
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Retired at 53 in 2017. Has hell froze over yet? Only way I'M going back to work!
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Valid inquiry in this thread as to age of early retirement, some interesting posting here. Just on a parallel track (hope this isn't a thread hyjack, only a comment), this is a FIRE site, and while Retiring Early is a major point IMHO the more important one is the FI, Financial Independence, part. I could have retired at 55 but retired at 57, loved my job and would have stayed except for a medical issue that told me its time to go. Once finacnially independent my work life and life in general improved. From about 50 to 55 I liked my job so much I told DW they'll have to carry me out of here, never going to retire.
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Old 07-23-2021, 07:13 PM   #100
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