On my last day of work, a bunch of my coworkers in my division wanted take me out to lunch as they normally do for people who leave the company for any reason. Being one who at the time had been to only one of those in the last 14 years, I declined. Instead, my one good friend/coworker I had often gone to lunch with took me out for lunch that last day. Nice.
The coworkers who wanted to treat me to lunch gave me the money they would have used on my lunch, about $160. Nice!
That night, I had my scrabble friend over for our regular scrabble night. Because it was a Friday, my ladyfriend came over, too. Nothing special.
Retired in late 2008 at age 45. Cashed in company stock, bought a lot of shares in a big bond fund and am living nicely off its dividends. IRA, SS, and a pension await me at age 60 and later. No kids, no debts.
"I want my money working for me instead of me working for my money!"