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Discussion in 'Lifestyle, Health & Diet' started by arthur, Oct 7, 2015.

  1. arthur

    arthur Nixon Garden Neatness

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    I'm thinking of retirement, but concerned that i would get bored if i didn't work anymore. I still love my work but i'm knackered and have started to think that i would like to retire or reduce my working hours to two day - any advice from anyone that has already done this
     
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  3. Mikinton

    Mikinton Well-Known Forumite

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    I retired 14 months ago at the age of 59 and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I know some who find they now have more time than they know what to do with, but not me - I've got a long list of hobbies (most of them from my teens) that I want to pursue, and a few new skills and areas of interest that I've now got the time to do justice to. Life is good.
     
  4. age'd parent

    age'd parent 50,000th poster!

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    I had to wait till 65 to retire, but have enjoyed every day since, as long
    as you have some interests you want to pursue but haven't the time
    now, the days will go by too fast, I find that the winter is a bit of a
    nuisance in that i can't do as much as in the nice weather, but other wise
    I wish i had been able to retire earlier, so much to do and so little time is
    still a mantra that I have in my mind, but now I can do everything at my own pace.
     
  5. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    I packed in a 'proper job' at 37 and have done...

    What I want - When I want - For who I want ™

    ..since then.

    Whilst the income may be a means to an end - the end may not be that far away...............
     
  6. Gomez

    Gomez Well-Known Forumite

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    I'm the same as Gram but my dad had a similar problem so he volunteers driving people around for Katherine House.
     
  7. proactive

    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    If you can afford it, then go for it. You could do the gardening on a part time basis if you fancied, to keep you as busy as you feel like, or volunteer for something like @Gomez dad. You'll find plenty to keep you more than busy enough if you look for it.
     
  8. Floss

    Floss Well-Known Forumite

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    I think we are too concerned about other people sometimes to make life changing decisions, whilst it's good to think of others, you also have to think of yourself and take care of your own health whilst you can. If you have the opportunity to retire and feel like you can no longer do your job, then do it and enjoy the things you like doing whilst you still have the strength to do them. Don't look back on your life and see it as something that just happened whilst you weren't looking, take control and enjoy.
     
  9. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    I remember John Peel talking about an event he saw whilst on holiday in southern France.

    A boy had transgressed in some manner and was being berated by an overbearing father.
    Why did you do that?
    I don't know.
    You don't know? Of course you know. Why did you do it?
    I don't know...
    Tell me why you did it!
    Because I wanted to...
    I didn't get where I am today by doing things that I wanted to!
    Etc.
     
  10. Noah

    Noah Well-Known Forumite

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    Retired for the first time at 55, then took a part time job and retired for a second time at 60. Retiring means that you can do what yoy want when you want, although I find there aren't enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do. I would say go for retirement, you can always pick up the odd gardening job when you feel like it.
     
  11. John Marwood

    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    Finance

    If you are lucky enough to be able to afford to retire

    You are very lucky indeed

    Key thing to remember if you are considering retiring is that you will be spending more

    Because you are not at work

    Because you use more power

    Because you have more time you spend more time spending money

    Footnote

    Your life will feel longer if you continue, continue, to break your routine

    I am not retired

    I would love the option

    But will settle for a healthy work life

    Peace
     
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  12. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    I don't think that I use any more energy here than I did when I wasn't here.

    I certainly spend less than I did.

    It's about being efficient.

    People are not all the same - it's about fine-tuning.

    I do use more bog paper* than I did when I could time it to occur in works time, though.



    * but I can probably claim for that - must do my tax form...
     
  13. John Marwood

    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    Freak

    :bum:
     
  14. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    I like to think so.
     
  15. John Marwood

    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    Normal is about as insulting as it gets

    Politics aside
     
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    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    A Bulgarian friend has discovered that, of the many ways of answering "How are you?", "I'm OK", "I'm alright", etc., are quite acceptable, but, "I'm normal" will always get a laugh, for reasons that people find very difficult to explain...
     
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    This, if nothing else, is worth remembering.
     
  18. Carole

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    My Mum used to say that only boring people get bored.

    I echo what the others have said...there are not enough hours in the day to do everything and I wonder now how I ever found the time to actually go to work.

    I finished my job 6 years ago when I was 50 and have never looked back.
     
  19. John Marwood

    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    If you do do lessons in cat burglary could I sign up please?

    I'm quite light on my feet for a big lad
     
  20. Carole

    Carole Well-Known Forumite

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    Beg pardon?
     
  21. John Marwood

    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    I don't have a pension plan...
     

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