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I am Retiring August 6th #7312494
07/23/21 10:26 PM
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My last day working is August 6th . I am calling it quits at 63 years old. After traveling around the world for 40 plus years with my job, my wife and I are heading back to our homes in Maine to live out the rest of our lives. We are very excited but a bit nervous. I have heard about people dying right after they retire along with boredom.

I have a safe full of guns that I have never shot after years and years of collecting and a man cave full of outdoor gear that has also never been used. Any thoughts on your health once you retired. Boredom?

Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312495
07/23/21 10:28 PM
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Enjoy. I retired in 2005

Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312504
07/23/21 10:32 PM
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That’s it
When you retire you got to have hobbies or grandkids to keep you hoppin
Get out everyday and do something, after abt a month of being off work you will be board out of your mind.
Get busy and stay busy
I hope you enjoy your retirement.

Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312515
07/23/21 10:38 PM
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I've got about 27 years before I can retire, but I've never understood how you could be bored with nothing but free time...
Congratulations on your future free time! Enjoy.


When life gets me down..... you know hunting/trapping season is closed.
Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312518
07/23/21 10:40 PM
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I retired when I was 62 and my 69th birthday is coming up in Sept. I don't have enough hours in the day to do all the things I like to do. I don't know how anyone can be bored, too much fishing, bees, trapping, shooting & loading, hunting and doing things in the shop to worry about something to do. I don't know how I found time to work! Hope you can enjoy your retirement as much as I am.

Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312528
07/23/21 10:50 PM
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Life is as you live it. Don't pay no mind to half full glass negatives.

You can really stretch out now and run without hindrance on the track of life.

Many are finding freedom to do what they dang well please after years of captive social expectations .

Take care of yourself , not only for you, but for the one you live for.

Everything, everyone else who values you, will either support your happiness, as they should, or regress into what they think the restrictions of society dictates you to do.

There is so much life and love to really experience now....no such thing as boredom.

People who see what they want- no fear of changing their life status....jobs....moving to another state....anything.....when they see what they have wanted all their lives.

As to the safe of guns.....I bought the most beautiful rifle in the world , from a gun dealer in Georgia, who had the relatives of an old man who collected fine rifles , and kept them in his safe....and when he was gone, his relatives put his prized rifle collection up for sale. He never enjoyed shooting them. I saw his 300 Weatherby M V for sale and bought it...from forestock to butt full of tiger eye northern lights wood grain ....with no carvings to ruin the beauty. The best buy I ever made.

Shoot your guns. Care for your health. Dive into things you never did try. Enjoy every day ...see any details that are beautiful.

It is always what one doesn't do....didn't grasp while they could have...is what they regret.

Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312534
07/23/21 10:53 PM
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Good for you. You will find plenty to keep you busy. If you get board ask the wife what needs done laugh


Everything the left touches it destroys
Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312547
07/23/21 11:05 PM
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Retired 3 years ago, I haven't been bored since! I think that happens to people whose job was their life. While I enjoyed my job for most of my 32 year career, it was never my life, and I have not missed it one second since I walked out the door.

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Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312571
07/23/21 11:27 PM
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Congrats on your retirement. It’s the beginning of a whole new life.

Quitting work is kinda like walking out on the high dive at the local pool when you were 12. You get out to the end of the diving board…there’s no going back. You’re apprehensive, but you finally make the jump. But after taking the leap, you’ll find the water refreshing.

I took the leap when I was 54, and never regretted a day of it.

Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312575
07/23/21 11:37 PM
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Some of the men I have watched live the longest healthiest lives might have officially retired, but they never quit moving. Hopefully the more of those guns you get sighted in and that gear you put some wear and tear on the younger you will feel.

Oh, and congrats.


“What’s good for me may not be good for the weak minded.”
Captain Gus McCrae- Texas Rangers


Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312576
07/23/21 11:39 PM
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Some people wait too long to retire.Then they are too old or wore out to do the things their brain wants to do.
If you are healthy and vigorous you will have more than enough adventures to keep you busy.The thing that limits people in retirement from what I see is their lack of physical ability.

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Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: Ditchdiver] #7312582
07/23/21 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Ditchdiver
I've got about 27 years before I can retire, but I've never understood how you could be bored with nothing but free time...
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It would be nice to be able to sleep in, too.

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Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312585
07/23/21 11:47 PM
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When you retire from something, retire to something that you enjoy and will keep you active without undue stress and "scheduling everyday unnecessary activities "just to be doing something" . . . "Live long and Prosper" :-)


"Humans are the hardest people to get along with."
Dr. Phillip Snow
Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312589
07/23/21 11:54 PM
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Congratulations! I don't think I am too far behind you. I got lucky at what was I thought was the end of a long career and found a job that I really enjoy that I only work Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays so every weekend is a 4-day weekend. Hard to leave that!

My Dad always said "Better too early than too late."

Moosetrot

Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312592
07/24/21 12:08 AM
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Keep doing something you love. I retired from the military 30 years ago and began a hobby as a full time beaver trapper. This coming December I'll be retiring from that, but will still have the lure business to stay active.

Doing something you love will keep you living.



Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312593
07/24/21 12:09 AM
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If you have a lot of hobbies and interests, you'll probably be fine. One thing that I would suggest is developing the mindset that now part of your new job {being retired} is to keep yourself physically fit. Eating right and exercising will be much of what determines the quality of your retirement. I've been retired since 2010 and have to pick and choose the things I want to do. There's just not enough time. Best of luck to you. I'm pretty sure you'll love it.

Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: Boco] #7312599
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Originally Posted by Boco
Some people wait too long to retire.


Agreed.

Coming from the Pittsburgh area, I’ll use a sports analogy

Willie Stargell was my childhood sports idol. He was one of MLB greatest power hitters, with 475 HR, and at one time, held the record for the longest home run shots in half of NL fields he played in. When he went into his trademark “windmill” windup at the plate, opposing pitchers broke out in a cold sweat.

But time and age caught up with him. In his final season, he was thrown out at first base after two hopping a ball into center field. Not once, but several times. Sadly, I was there to witness one of them. With arthritis in his knees, he couldn’t even run what should be a base hit to the outfield. For many of younger fans this will be their lasting memory of Stargell….they never got to witness his upper deck home run shots at Three Rivers Stadium.

The point is…don’t ride a good career out. Go out at the top of your game. Be remembered for a 504 foot home run, not getting thrown out at first base on an easy base hit.

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Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312677
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6 years and counting, I just hope the body holds out to enjoy it once it comes.

Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312681
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I'm reading the book "How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free" by Ernie Zalinski.

Sharon and others here covered many of his points.

I'm right behind you and had/have the same concerns.

Best of Luck to you!

Last edited by white marlin; 07/24/21 07:55 AM.

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Re: I am Retiring August 6th [Re: andrews1958] #7312684
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best job I have ever had retirement !!!! do as sharon said enjoy life , stay busy , congrats smile

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