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March 12, 2008


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"That sounds like about enough in the way of accomplishments for today."

Yes, don't overwhelm yourself! :)

I tried to imagine my perfect day a little while ago and it went something like, "Sleep in, read, take walk around lunch, go to library, write, read." If I was just going to do what I wanted every day for the rest of my life, I really do think about 75% of my days would be like that. On the other days I'd be skydiving or traveling to India for a little variety.


I'm yrs from retirement, but still am a little frightened that once I do, I'll become a world class bum. Sadly I'm equally as freaked out that I'll go raving mad by not having enough to do.

Hopefully I'll figure it out by then...

Retired Syd

Hi Nicole:

Here's my advice, don't retire until you are ok with being a world class bum! (I just became "at peace" with this yesterday myself, while laying in my hammock, listening to my iPod watching the birds and staring at the forested land that is my back yard). Yes, I just realized yesterday "this is ok by me!"

It helps that I did get out of my pajamas before 11 and went for a jog among the vineyards of the Napa Valley after having spent several hours dealing with COBRA/health insurance issues. So I did feel very productive yesterday.

Oops, gotta go, we're going to the movies (on a WEEKDAY) and gotta get there to catch the bargain matinee (on a fixed income now, you know). Yes, I'm definitely ok with this now.


Lol, it really makes a difference for me whether I am dressed (day time shorts and Tshirt) or not (pajama shorts and Tshirt). I do not bother to dress when I work on a project virtually (long distance, through computer and internet) and feel inspired, then I power up my laptop and start working straight from bed - and only go to brush my teeth, fix a green shake for breakfast, feed the cats - all in short breaks catching up with work inspiration.

I dress up second thing in the morning - after taking a shower - either when I am not working and am heading somewhere or if I decide to work or play on the tarrace - which is on a public view, and thus pijamas would be a faux pas.


I am dreaming of the day that I can retired not dress or do whatever that I want.


I'm still working through this, but with five months of retirement under my belt, where I'm at currently is that I've structured my week so that it is full of activities that I find stimulating and/or enjoyable, however, and this is a big however, if I don't feel like doing something on it, I don't have to!

I've also decided no TV during the daytime, period, no exceptions. TV watching seems to suck the energy right out of me and turn me into brain mush for the rest of the day, so for me, this is a hard and fast rule.

As I said, I'm very much still a work in progress, but my joy and contentment are continuing to grow by the week, so I think I'm on the right track.

T Lamson

Two weeks from retirement, 58 1/2 and feeling to early to retire but husband (69) health is not good and if I plan on speeding time with him I better do it now. Plus, did I mention new boss (34) is an ass and making my life at work way too stressful - long hours plus weekends to get all the work completed on time. I have worked since 18, even during college and cannot image not working. Right now going through mood changes, one minute excited and the next wishing I'm not doing this, scared. But, how can my job be more important than time with my husband?- help

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