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June 15, 2013


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Tom Sightings

I'm still in Retirement 3.0 and lovin' it. Maybe I'll get to 4.0 at some point but, for me anyway, I can't see not working at all. But I don't work every other day, or three times a week, or any other schedule that would make every workday feel like Monday. I work in fits and starts, with lots of vacation time. I'll work for 6 weeks, then have 2 or 3 weeks off; then another job comes up (just when I'm getting bored) and it keeps me occupied for the next month. And so it goes. Plus ... I like to see a nice deposit into my bank account every once in a while.

My Life In Focus

Geeze, I hope I am in Retirement 5. Which is, to me, I don't think about retirement at all. I'm just living and doing and enjoying being myself.

I love the way you put everything into perspective and categorize the many steps of retirement, Syd. Excellent insight and presentation.

Retired Syd

Tom: I can see the appeal of cycling in and out of work as long as you don't have think about work during the off time.

My Life: Unfortunately, I haven't been thinking about retirement nearly enough lately to maintain a retirement blog! Perhaps I should start a piano blog . . .

fred doe

Where you been syd:) Do you think once you've put four or five years at retirement that's it's like getting a PHd and now it's time to apply that sucker? I'm in my fifth year and this last was spent in pure laziness and I loved every minute of:) but now I feel like Ishmeal in Moby Dick I want to run down the street and knock people's hats off or like Capt. Willard in Apocalypse Now, in Saigon waiting for a mission. I must fine something to put my hand to and no! volunteering is not going to happen. I must be paid or I really, really have to be wowed. I think you spoke volumes in your reply to mylife: have you arrived when you don't think about retirement any more?


Hi Syd. I'm 6 months into 1.0, as I transitioned after 28 years from "partner" to "of counsel" at age 53, which is 12 years prior to our "standard" transition date. There certainly is more free time and a better balance for me, but there is also the ongoing technology connection that creates expectations even when I am technically not working. I have good support from the full timers and have set a good system in place, so am very fortunate in that respect. I'm going to enjoy seeing how this all plays out over time. Good to have a blog from you. Take care.


Syd, I went from R1.0 directly to R4.0. I worked part-time for 7 years before I fully retired in 2008. I have not done the things you have done in your R4.0 but I began doing my fun things in R1.0 which I still do in R4.0.

(And I just turned 50.)

New at this

The multiple versions thing is way too much torture. (and only lengthens your sentence).

Until one is absolutely convinced their nest egg is big enough, its more peaceful to just keep working.

But once you get there.....Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!


Well, I don't know. I'm a couple of years younger, but the impending five-0 makes me realize how short my time is on this planet. If I really want to write that novel or (insert other goal), I have to take this opportunity to do it and persevere. If I can persevere and show up day after day working at jobs I haven't cared for for X years at times over the last XX years, surely pushing through to do something I really want to do should be possible? So regular Joe work is good to teach good self-discipline.

I think that the contrasting and comparing that came with your going in and out of the workforce allows refinement. And that's a good thing. It takes time and distance to step back and think about these things and what you want your life to be about. Just pushing to a goal like FI/ER and expecting life to be a bed of roses once you're finally there is kind of naive. Wherever you go - there you are. It's like expecting that when you move to a new place, you'll magically change. Life just doesn't work that way.


Lovely photo. My father experienced a retirement much like the one you mentioned. I can't wait to share this with him later today. I think your perspective here is very important. Thanks for a great blog!

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