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March 18, 2011


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WOW! Well written post! Good job.

Thank you.

Mr. J

I like the take home message here. My wife and I always focus on long term happiness at the expense of short term happiness. We know that making some sacrifices now will allow us the financial freedom to be able to do the things we truly enjoy. Well written post!


I agree completely about the importance of "living with a sense of purpose" in retirement.

See "The real reason I retired—more time for political activism!" at http://www.the-next-stage.com/2010/07/real-reason-i-retiredmore-time-for.html


Banjo Steve

I have often said that you shouldn't retire FROM something, so much as retire TO something. Big difference in being able to enjoy the wonderful opportunities of retirement/redirection/rewiring.


I agree with Morrison, WOW this post is spot on, I could have written it myself!

After the initial hurrah following leaving work, I realised that I didnt really have a plan of what on earth I was going to do. The novelty of having all that free time quickly wore off quickly.

Thanks also for your comment on my blog, very thought provoking.


Well said Banjo Steve. Once I finally made that paradigm shift I was able to make the decision to retire. I'm working on the "moving TO" part this morning as a matter of fact, having just completed The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey, which is turning out to be a roadmap for how my new life might be structured for maximum fulfilment.

Bill Birnbaum

Syd... I think that the happiest people are those who enjoy the journey. Bill

Jacq @ Single Mom Rich Mom

I'm a big fan of the Greeks - particularly the Stoics. I spent the year last year following Nichomachean ethics (focusing on one a month) - always a great experience. So I *heart* Aristotle (and Epictetus) because the fundamentals do not change.

It's interesting to me to look at my father, who recently "retired" at 89. He's now 91 and these last 2 years of being without a purpose have been very difficult for him with somewhat declining health, a sense I get that he doesn't feel as invincible as before. It's very sad to see happen.

Lisa Solod

Great post. Well done!


Excellent - that's all I have to say.

By the way I heard someone on NPR (it was a film script, I think) say that 'blogging is graffiti with punctuation.' Not in your case, obviously.

-k @FitOldDog


Thank you for telling it as it is! Retirement is a goal, you said. I like that statement!


Having just recently retired myself, I am still enjoying NOT having all my days scheduled, though I'm sure I will be feeling a certain amount of boredom soon enough. I spent some time well before retirement compiling a long list of "things to do when I retire" and plan on referring to it when those days do arrive. I really do wish I had a hobby as so many people seem to, mine just seem to be reading, gardening and daily walking... They seem to be enough for now only 3 weeks in. I'll keep reading your blog..thank you!

Larry Riendeau

Finding that after career niche isn't always so easy, especially when the need to feel involved and the feeling of being imposed upon collide. Finding the balance in being useful and being used is sometimes much more difficult than first thought. Please include me in your plans, but please don't plan on me always being included - I'm retired!

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