Am I in the minority about this here?

Hyperion

New Member
Most of us like to keep busy but not necessarily with paid work. We don't all sit on our bums waiting for Death to call once our working days are over. I'm sure I'm not the only one who helps with charities. One of the advantages of being retired is that you can help with agencies which depend on volunteers.

Yeah, my wife is always talking about volunteering for stuff if she can't work. I'm too lazy for that, you have to pay me, lol.
 

ArnoldC

New Member
Location
Texas, USA
Good on you and your wife, Hyperion. More power to you both.

Traditionalist here. Took social security retirement at 62.

What has me wondering though, with more individuals and couples like you opting to work from home. Will this eventually drive up the SSA retirement age for those unable or unwilling to do that?
 

bowmore

Senior Member
I was caregiver to my wife for 12 years after she was brain injured. I had to keep working to have her medical treatments covered. After she passed away I kept working as I had nothing better to do.
I met my present wife, wwanted to travel, so I retired so we could.
 

HoneyNut

Senior Member
working peeps. Are we oddities?
My brother is 70 yrs old and still works part-time (I assume it is part-time since he finds a lot of time to play tennis, golf, and go on biking trips in Europe), but he has the sort of work that he can choose to work with a client and he only has to create plans and the client has to do the work of implementing them (but my brother only gets paid if the plan is successful at growing the client's business). So he has control of his work and gets to enjoy the success of it. Plus it can be done like yours, at home, or wherever he is, and at the time convenient for him.

I retired almost half a year earlier than full retirement age because although I loved the work I did, I had no control of anything and had the frustration of seeing management frequently sabotage the work with stupid decisions and/or complete lack of effort at doing their own job, plus the whole irritation of the way corporations take advantage of employees and then insult us by distrusting us. But also, probably more so, because I started feeling my age by my mid 60s.
 

Brookswood

Member
You're under no obligation to retire based upon what other people think.

All I can tell you is I decided to retire about four years early after experience about five early deaths of friends and relatives in a few short years. As of today I have outlived them all, and I am glad I had the extra time. I spent most of that time on traveling and grandkids
. :)
 
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Right Now

Senior Member
Location
upstate New York
I had three distinctly different careers, totally enjoyed each one, and never thought about retiring until about 64. I couldn't imagine doing nothing, then at 67 I decided it was time. About 8 months later, I was asked to work as 1st Deputy Clerk for our town, so I did for a year. Since then, I've volunteered for the Historic Assn, on the Board of Friends of the Library, work as a voting inspector for 5 years now at various local and federal elections and am still looking for other volunteering projects.

You'll know when it's time to retire. It will feel right. Until then, enjoy what you are contributing to the work force. It sounds like you are a smart guy. Your wife, too.🙂
 

Nemo2

Member
Location
Belleville, ON
Me? I started thinking about retirement when I got my first job at 17. I hung on til 62 and then I bade a not-so-fond adieu to the working world and never looked back.
I tell people (some might even listen, or pretend to), that the only reason I started working in the first place was so I could quit. Came back to Canada from Saudi Arabia at the end of 1988 and that was me done.....46.
 

Hyperion

New Member
Thanks so much for the replies from everyone. I'm really enjoying hearing about everyone else's experiences.

Part of my story that has led up to me wanting to continue and not looking at retirement yet, is that I got a late start. Really a pretty late start in life.

For most of my younger days, I was very unfocused. I was all over the place and could not make up my mind what I wanted to do. I wasn't happy with anything I tried and as a result, I found myself passing 30 years of age and I had no real success in my life. I remember working for my grandfather who was a housing contractor. I didn't want to go to college, I played with some bands, and basically goofed off a lot. My grandpa would look at me some days, and just shake his head, that boy is never going to amount to nothing! So I finally decided I wanted to do something, went back to school and got a degree in Compsci and started developing business solutions. I had a couple of full time gigs and I hated it, lol. I was till in that rogue mode of mine. So then I went independent contractor and that's when I started working full time remote, about, well almost 15 years ago.

Then I met my current client and they finally talked me into taking a full time job with them. It's only 35 hours a week (on paper only, lol) and they know I take on other clients. All that matters is that I complete the projects they want and it came with lots of benefits. It took us about 2 years to negotiate while I continued to work for them as a contractor and finally they got me to give in, been 10 years now. Then I met my wife. I really wanted the health insurance since my wife and I were getting older, the old newlyweds, lol.

So I feel like I am just starting to enjoy the success of basically about 20+ years of hard work and I don't want it to stop, yet. If I can just pick the right numbers on the next billion dollar mega lottery thing. then I can go back to fulltime goof off...
 

OneEyedDiva

Well-known Member
Location
New Jersey
I know and knew of people who don't want to retire either because they love what they do or feel they'd be bored and useless if they retired. You've got the best of both worlds, so I can understand why you're not ready to do it yet. I couldn't wait to retire and did so at age 50. I loved my interactions with patients as a state public health rep but hated the BS sometimes encountered by our regional manager. In addition, my mother was aging and I had health issues.
 

Paladin1950

New York State
I am 72 and I'm still working. Just about 4 hours a day. But while I am at work, I feel much younger. Like I'm in my 50's. Keeping active is good for your health and body. Working in nursing homes over the years, I have see a lot of people (mostly women) who were totally crippled up with arthritis, from not staying active when they got older.
 

oldpop

Member
Location
Inner Space
More power to you Hyperion. I spent 35 years in the workforce working my butt off to raise two children on my own. After they were grown I worked my butt off to have an early retirement. I retired in 2007 at the age of 49 with no regrets. Different strokes for different folks.
 

Right Now

Senior Member
Location
upstate New York
Thanks so much for the replies from everyone. I'm really enjoying hearing about everyone else's experiences.

Part of my story that has led up to me wanting to continue and not looking at retirement yet, is that I got a late start. Really a pretty late start in life.

For most of my younger days, I was very unfocused. I was all over the place and could not make up my mind what I wanted to do. I wasn't happy with anything I tried and as a result, I found myself passing 30 years of age and I had no real success in my life. I remember working for my grandfather who was a housing contractor. I didn't want to go to college, I played with some bands, and basically goofed off a lot. My grandpa would look at me some days, and just shake his head, that boy is never going to amount to nothing! So I finally decided I wanted to do something, went back to school and got a degree in Compsci and started developing business solutions. I had a couple of full time gigs and I hated it, lol. I was till in that rogue mode of mine. So then I went independent contractor and that's when I started working full time remote, about, well almost 15 years ago.

So I feel like I am just starting to enjoy the success of basically about 20+ years of hard work and I don't want it to stop, yet. If I can just pick the right numbers on the next billion dollar mega lottery thing. then I can go back to fulltime goof off...
You got a late start at what you want to do with your life. Now you know, there's another 10 years or so at this side of your work line. We'll wait for you to catch up.đź‘Ť
 

Disgustedman

New Member
Well, there's many 60+ people out there still punching a clock. Some don't have a choice in the matter and have to retire . Enjoy your day and the money, there's some who envy you.
 

Leann

Senior Member
I had three distinctly different careers, totally enjoyed each one, and never thought about retiring until about 64. I couldn't imagine doing nothing, then at 67 I decided it was time. About 8 months later, I was asked to work as 1st Deputy Clerk for our town, so I did for a year. Since then, I've volunteered for the Historic Assn, on the Board of Friends of the Library, work as a voting inspector for 5 years now at various local and federal elections and am still looking for other volunteering projects.

You'll know when it's time to retire. It will feel right. Until then, enjoy what you are contributing to the work force. It sounds like you are a smart guy. Your wife, too.🙂
Exactly!!
 


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