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The older I get, the more I want to taste retirement.

Last year a guy at work that I had spent a little time getting to know, died. We went out to lunch a couple of times. He was a former drug addict that had lost every thing and came here to start anew.

He met someone, got married, and we rarely chatted. He was around my age or a little older. He was happy, just started a new and better paying position. Died in his sleep!

I have so many stories in my mind that help me to stay focused. I get to take advantage of my solo rides by reminding myself to not get in a hurry. I walk fast. I hurry up and do this and do that. Not much patience so I am a continuing to be a work in progress.

I just now got a call from a 1st cousin in a neighboring state. I did not recognize her number so declined it. She left a message.

"I've had a busy couple of years and decided I needed to slow down so I called to check on your dad and would like to come visit"

Her parents had both died from Alzheimer's previously. She has never done this before. I'm surprised!

I have just one big wish before I die. I do not want to feel like I'm not done yet. We don't get that choice do we?

Oh well! I still catch myself wanting this day to be over, for the weekend to get here, for my retirement age to get here, and on and on. Why? What is the freakin hurry?

Right! Time for lunch... :Dcheerswac
 

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The older I get, the more I want to taste retirement.

Last year a guy at work that I had spent a little time getting to know, died. We went out to lunch a couple of times. He was a former drug addict that had lost every thing and came here to start anew.

He met someone, got married, and we rarely chatted. He was around my age or a little older. He was happy, just started a new and better paying position. Died in his sleep!

I have so many stories in my mind that help me to stay focused. I get to take advantage of my solo rides by reminding myself to not get in a hurry. I walk fast. I hurry up and do this and do that. Not much patience so I am a continuing to be a work in progress.

I just now got a call from a 1st cousin in a neighboring state. I did not recognize her number so declined it. She left a message.

"I've had a busy couple of years and decided I needed to slow down so I called to check on your dad and would like to come visit"

Her parents had both died from Alzheimer's previously. She has never done this before. I'm surprised!

I have just one big wish before I die. I do not want to feel like I'm not done yet. We don't get that choice do we?

Oh well! I still catch myself wanting this day to be over, for the weekend to get here, for my retirement age to get here, and on and on. Why? What is the freakin hurry?

Right! Time for lunch... :Dcheerswac



D/pickle,

Don't be in so much of a hurry to retire. Why ? Because that means you are also likely at or nearing the age of possible health issues. and never wish time away...once it's gone ?....it's gone, there's no getting it back.

If your friend died in his sleep...he won the exit game BIG-TIME ! I've watched two of my best friends suffer. One for 3 months, one for 2 years. They both deserved the peacefulness of passing in their sleep....IMO!

Enjoy your job, enjoy your health, and enjoy your free time. Take care of today, and tomorrow...when it gets here.
 

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To retire you half to have a big pot of money.

If it wasn't for right turns on red lights we would see more maybe
 

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Best advice I could give is to not plan on "retiring". Plan on slowing down. Stop living and you'll die. It's best to have a hobby you really like that you can devote more time to. Mine was photography and my bike however the Vic has taken most of the free time available and the photo stuff has suffered. All the better if you have a hobby you can make money from.

Also consider being able to get a job at what you always wanted to do. Mine was to get back into cabinet making which I did for a couple of years but unfortunately the shops have little use for part time employees. I stayed close though and now put in 20 - 25 hours a week at a hardware store. It keeps me busy, challenged, and lets me ride during the week when most of the whackos are at the office.

I've said to others growing up that I cannot stress enough that you need to start putting money away for your future every payday without fail. They don't teach enough of that stuff in high school. It's good you've done that and can see your future needs. I started contributing when I was 17 then got into a job at 21 where I had no choice but to put into the pension. Learn money management and you too can have a house paid off and no debts by the time you retire. Lots of people do it. I'm not rich by any means but I'm not going hungry either. My part time job paid for the new Vic but believe me, I would still be just as happy on the 1100 Shadow I traded. Better yet, the '69 BSA Thunderbolt I had when I started working.

It doesn't take much to make me happy and the biggest happy's I get are from family. Don't work yourself so hard you miss them and they miss you. You'll be surprised how fast that 40th comes along, then the 60th, and the rest. Dying people never say they wish they had put more effort into their job or advance further in their career. They wanted time for themselves and family. Prioritize it now. Be the person you are going wish you were in the future. Easy to say but harder to do.
 

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I retired 2 weeks ago after 42 years in IT. YAY! I was sick and tired of technology. Between hiking and riding and projects around the homestead I expect to be busy for a long time. The grandkids live in MA and I intend to spend as much time as possible with them.
The house is paid off. I have a pension and SS. A second pension starts in 2018. I'm not rich, nut I am comfortably middle class. I like money but I want the time.
 

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Make sure you hit me up , so we can squeeze in a ride or two !cheers
Sounds great. I'd love to do a run on the Kancamangus. The week of the 10th and the next week I should be able to get away for a day or two. During the week is easy, but I'd need to check on the weekends. I love to ride with the whole New England group.
 

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All the better if you have a hobby you can make money from.
I have never been motivated by money and stuff. If my mind, arms, and fingers do not play out, I'd love to play piano in a local restaurant few times a week. I'm pretty good!

You offered some very good tips and advice. I don't want to worry about $$ nor do I want to be bothered with old age health issues.

I learned from my folks... who were plagued with health issues when they retired. Their quality of life was not good. I've got a boy who has one more year of high school and then college. His tuition is paid for because we contributed for years to a college fund. I am sure he will receive some scholarships but the fund will help a lot also.

He and I are hitting the gym almost daily so I'm investing big time in my health. When the day finally comes when I can sing the Johnny Paycheck song, I ain't sitting down! :D

As much as I looked forward to owning my first bike, I have the same mind set with retirement. In fact, if I could go now, I wouldn't hesitate.

I've been fortunate and blessed to have a good job with a good company. I don't make a lot of money and we do have debts that will need to be handled once my son is on his own. So, I'm looking at least another decade of preparing.
 

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I hear ya brother, we really do spend most of our lives wishing it away...(c'mon 2:00, C'mon Friday...)
4 years ago I hit the ripe old age of 45 and told my wife "it sucks, I'm probably past the halfway point now"
I too tell all of the youngsters to get use to living on less, pay yourself first, put some away every week. I made the mistake until about the age of 35 that I need it NOW, not when I'm 65 or 70 LOL
 
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