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    The song says. "Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to do."



    -Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin

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    Quote Originally Posted by C'est Moi View Post
    And yet, here you are.
    With anonymous posters who don't even have my phone number.

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    I retired on disability at age 32, always hated it, everydays seems the same now, did the RV thing, been all over the U.S. up in Canada, Lived up at Bear Lake for 17 years, so I did the fish thing ( went fishing everyday) Go up and have coffee with my coffee shop friends (fair weather friends) already did the volunteer thing( got burned) I have people stop by mostly Veterans, and some active duty people, wife tells me I've done more than most people, sure don't seem like it , even on a movie set you do your thing and five minutes later its overgun.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmdog44 View Post
    The song says. "Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to do."

    -Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin
    Actually, it says "...another word for nothing left to LOSE."

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    I am totally flunking retirement.

    I haven't been able to have one day off from working on some 'need' since I left my job late last year. I fall into bed exhausted at some extremely late time (8:00pm), and have to get up when I wake (4:00am), and start the next day with trying to finish all my chores. I can hardly wait until I have them all accomplished, so I can slow down...and start planning retirement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewRetire18 View Post
    I am totally flunking retirement.

    I haven't been able to have one day off from working on some 'need' since I left my job late last year. I fall into bed exhausted at some extremely late time (8:00pm), and have to get up when I wake (4:00am), and start the next day with trying to finish all my chores. I can hardly wait until I have them all accomplished, so I can slow down...and start planning retirement.
    Welcome to the forums, NR18! There is a vacuum that is created when we retire. If we're not careful, it will be filled by others. I'm guessing that you are not bored like some are. Be sure to pencil yourself in when filling the calendar.

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    [QUOTE=fmdog44;823345]The song says. "Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to do."

    -Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin[/QUOTE

    My bride and I will be heading for Aston Gardens towards the end of the year....or was that just an ad that seemed to be part of your post?

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    I retired early at age 55 and took early SS at age 62 and very thankful that I did.

    Before I took early SS, I read all the "expert" opinions the vast majority of whom
    warned against taking early SS... and even recommended delaying it to age 70.

    Knowing my personal situation - finances, lifestyle, family history of longevity
    and my "break even age" - I went against popular "expert" opinion and took
    SS early at age 62. It has worked out very well for me.

    Here's my "conspiracy theory"... sometimes I wonder if somehow the
    government is behind a lot of that popular "expert" opinion that advises
    baby boomers to delay taking SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsX View Post
    ....Here's my "conspiracy theory"... sometimes I wonder if somehow the
    government is behind a lot of that popular "expert" opinion that advises
    baby boomers to delay taking SS.
    Hmmm, yes, I wonder. I took mine early too and am coming out ahead.

    Last edited by Lara; 05-19-2018 at 12:32 AM.
    "Nothing is so Kingly as Kindness, and nothing so Royal as Truth"

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    " Flunking retirement " ???

    I didn't realize someone had invented a "test" to generically "judge" the success of retirement.

    I thought the whole purpose of retirement was to "do your own thing"... not fall in line with popular expectation.

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    Are You "Flunking" Retirement?

    Quote Originally Posted by KingsX View Post
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    " Flunking retirement " ???

    I didn't realize someone had invented a "test" to generically "judge" the success of retirement.

    I thought the whole purpose of retirement was to "do your own thing"... not fall in line with popular expectation.

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    KingsX, the title of the thread is from the original article linked in the first post. It was her statement, turned into a question.
    I am Flunking Retirement by LOIS BUSHONG It is meant to be a thought provoking question, that allows each of us to share how "doing our own thing" worked out for us. No judging, here.
    Last edited by Meanderer; 05-19-2018 at 01:37 PM.

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    I am semi-retired and enjoying it. I teach an online college class. We are doing a lot of traveling while we are both healthy. This summer we are taking a 6 week driving trip for 5k/miles to visit family/friends and see the sights. Taking our 3 doggies with us.

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