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Old 12-06-2020, 07:25 AM   #81
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good post OP. I really like this one from your list:

You can interact with people you choose to interact with, rather than the people you are obligated to interact with, because of your job.

I've always had amiable and positive relationships with nearly all my coworkers, but it's forced and artificial because everyone is on their best behavior because of their career reputation and motivation to stay employed or advance in their career. I want more real interactions that are a result of real life and not artificial interactions
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Old 12-09-2020, 05:58 AM   #82
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No. 25 The overall sense of freedom for me is incredibly humbling and greatly appreciated. I never liked "having" to do anything or be anywhere. Constriction and oppression at work rubbed me wrong constantly. The feeling of freedom is still quite surreal. Now that I have my freedom I cannot imagine life without it.
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Old 12-09-2020, 07:18 AM   #83
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No. 25 The overall sense of freedom for me is incredibly humbling and greatly appreciated. I never liked "having" to do anything or be anywhere. Constriction and oppression at work rubbed me wrong constantly. The feeling of freedom is still quite surreal. Now that I have my freedom I cannot imagine life without it.

Spot on. I could talk about this for hours. Freedom, I never grasped the true meaning of the word until January 2017. Probably another thread, but I still get flabbergasted looks when I tell people I'm retired. It is as if being in a job for 40-50 hours a week is so enmeshed in peoples psyche they can't fathom any other way of living!
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Old 12-09-2020, 08:15 AM   #84
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I love this list! Sounds like you worked for the same company as me.

The only thing I'd add to my list is I'm enjoying wearing things I couldn't because of my job. Right now I have green nail polish on. I've thought about doing something radical with my hair, but that's a lot more permanent than nail polish!

I love many of the things you do about retirement. I expected at least a tiny bit of regret, but there has been none. Retirement is awesome. I highly recommend it!
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Old 12-09-2020, 10:30 AM   #85
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Spot on. I could talk about this for hours. Freedom, I never grasped the true meaning of the word until January 2017. Probably another thread, but I still get flabbergasted looks when I tell people I'm retired. It is as if being in a job for 40-50 hours a week is so enmeshed in peoples psyche they can't fathom any other way of living!

Yep. Yep. I love not having to "do" anything, but I am pretty much always doing something. I tell people that I can sum up retirement with 2 words: "I decide". And people that know me well never said "so what are you going to do?" To this day, I still have far more interests than I have time for. And that is a good thing.

BTW FREE866, I retired 2 days before you, 1/4/17, 22 days before my 55th birthday.
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Old 12-09-2020, 11:16 AM   #86
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Yep. Yep. I love not having to "do" anything, but I am pretty much always doing something. I tell people that I can sum up retirement with 2 words: "I decide". And people that know me well never said "so what are you going to do?" To this day, I still have far more interests than I have time for. And that is a good thing.

BTW FREE866, I retired 2 days before you, 1/4/17, 22 days before my 55th birthday.
ha! awesome!
my most recent "hobby" is that I signed up for Great Courses Plus--they have hundreds of online courses and lectures--I'm watching one on WW2. Just fascinating!
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We are six years into early retirement and we are getting bombarded retirement planning professionals to help us prepare for our retirement. Even Fidelity, Schwab, and TD Ameritrade where we have a substantial holdings, contact us regularly regarding retirement planning. I just wonder what will happen when we reach retirement age.

We have no regrets regarding our decision to retire early but the concept of early retirement appears to be an anomaly among these so called retirement planning professionals.
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We have no regrets regarding our decision to retire early but the concept of early retirement appears to be an anomaly among these so called retirement planning professionals.
Oh I think they get the concept but they aren't going to be encouraging people to actually do it. The concept that they never forget is that they have to 'help' you 'manage' your money or they don't get paid. I hardly ever interact with a real person at the bank anymore but it never fails that they all ask me why I don't have a 'personal banker' as it is such a great 'free' service.
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