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Old 11-08-2020, 07:56 AM   #1
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Do I miss working?

Someone just asked me if I missed working No, not at all. I don't miss that physically demanding job. I don't miss working for the bosses that made it harder for me to do that job and I don't miss feeling unappreciated by them. I don't miss being expected to work almost every weekend and rarely having all the big holidays off. I don't miss having to punch a time clock on days I would have preferred to stay home. And the older I got, the harder that became. But we all have bills to pay and that is how the system works right? Someone asked me if I missed working, but I did not say all that. I just said "No...would you?" She shook her head.

I stay busy now "working" on the things I want to do and accomplish, but it isn't work to me. When I make money, it involves "working" smart and not hard. It's not a "job", just something I love to do. I don't miss traditional work and in fact, can't imagine ever having to do it more than part-time hours ever again. It's a weird but joyful feeling when your life doesn't revolve around your job anymore.
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Old 11-08-2020, 08:04 AM   #2
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Some lyrics from Jason Aldean song is my answer. Lol

"When I got what I got, I don't miss what I had
The old me before you belongs to the past
In the back of your mind, you might think there's somethin' more I want
But when I got what I got, girl, I don't need what I had"
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Old 11-08-2020, 08:55 AM   #3
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Old 11-08-2020, 09:34 AM   #4
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It’s amazing what a career change (or possibly just a job change) can do to your mindset about work.

Ten years ago, I was in corporate America, and dreamed of early retirement every day. I could tolerate the job, but the boss, the office politics, and the culture were dragging me down. (Won’t you call into the west coast meeting at 7pm? Aren’t you checking email this weekend? You can take your laptop on vacation and work on that for a couple of hours.)

Left in 2014, now running a small business. There are headaches. You will always have problem clients. It can be tough finding good support staff. (Although - knock wood - I have a streamlined team in post-COVID that has been exceptional.)

I’m still planning to retire early. Owning your own business is tough and time-consuming, especially one that operates 365 days/yr. Limited holidays, my last vacation longer than 2 days was... 2014. But enjoying the work has me so much less frantic about retirement. And while I can’t save as much for retirement in this career, it’s giving me an opportunity to think and plan for retirement, vs. rushing into it to escape an unhappy situation.

TL,DR: I don’t miss my first career, but I’m having some fun with my second career.
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Old 11-08-2020, 09:43 AM   #5
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Old 11-08-2020, 11:45 AM   #6
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No, do not miss the work at all, nor the politics.
Do miss the social aspect and most of the coworkers. I keep in touch with many via FB, and pre-covid, lunch meet ups.
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Old 11-08-2020, 01:56 PM   #7
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I have no desire to work ever again.
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Old 11-08-2020, 03:39 PM   #8
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Old 11-08-2020, 03:42 PM   #9
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Old 11-08-2020, 03:50 PM   #11
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Iím confused. What is this thing you call working?
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Old 11-08-2020, 03:53 PM   #12
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I would rather ride my bike every morning and relax knowing I don't have to work. Work would put me in close contact with hundreds of people everyday that are not practicing reasonable precautions during a pandemic. When things clear up and it is safe again to travel without the concern of getting sick then I will start back with even more trips to make up for lost time.
So No I don't miss that kind of anxiety.



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Old 11-08-2020, 04:04 PM   #13
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I get this question frequently . My guess is because I never complained about my job, and spoke more about its enjoyable aspects vs. the problems. It took more than a year for my kids to believe that I was not going back to work. Most of my former co-workers are surprised that I have not gone back to work, or even asked about part time work at my former Megacorp. One did pay me a nice compliment, saying that she was glad I retired and enjoying not working;she thought I was handling too much on my plate and was worried about my health and burnout.
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Old 11-08-2020, 04:55 PM   #14
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After a year and a half of retirement, I would say no, I don't miss working one bit.
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Old 11-08-2020, 05:03 PM   #15
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I don't miss work one bit, either. What I was most glad to be rid of was the dang commute. But, even though I was offered a few times to do some independent work from home (pre-covid) for my old employer, I still turned it down without hesitation. I simply want no part of it, ever again!
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I haven't been employed in over 5 years and absolutely do not miss it. Of course, that is what my rational, logical, conscious mind says. But, oddly, I still have work-related dreams several times a week. It makes me wonder about what I really believe. Maybe I should listen to my inner voice and go back to work?? Nawwww!
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Old 11-08-2020, 06:31 PM   #17
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I QUIT because I missed my j*b. HUH?

Mentioned before, I created my own little corner-in-a-cube j*b for myself. I became more and more an expert in a smaller and smaller area of expertise. While I had a boss (everyone where I w*rked had a boss - that's just the way it was) I rarely interacted - he left me alone and I only told him if I needed something. I had a few reports and I more or less left them alone since they knew what the j*b was and what I expected.

Eventually someone 3 or 4 levels up decided they didn't need what I did and (probably without even knowing my name) decided my j*b was no longer. I was informed of this decision and my boss now had to act like a boss and give me a new assignment. Since I was FI, I said "No thanks! I'm outta here Friday." I enjoyed the various shocked looks from my boss and his boss and her boss.

So, in my unusual case, the missing came before the end of the w*rking. But after that Friday, I never looked back and I can't say I ever missed the w*rking (or j*B) again. As usually, YMMV.
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Old 11-08-2020, 07:35 PM   #18
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Hell no. I've been on a no-work high since Day 1, 7 1/2 years ago.
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Old 11-08-2020, 08:22 PM   #19
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Maybe. It has been 13 years, so I'm still waiting to see if it happens.
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Old 11-08-2020, 09:00 PM   #20
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I actually thought I would have a hard time retiring, do to missing it. The one thing I never wanted to happen was that I was the oldest person still working with my company. I retired because I could, but I was one person away from being the oldest still there. Lol So, it I ever think I miss working, all I have to do is think about being the oldest person still there and missing work disappears immediately.

I much rather belong to the club of FIRE.
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