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In one of my best-ever decisions, I retired from full-time corporate work at age 56 and started my own consulting business in chemistry, nanotechnology and materials science. Today, at age 71, I am semi-retired and have consulting clients on 3 continents. I work from my home, never have to travel, and enjoy family, friends, golfing; have started writing a few novels and also a science book for kids.  I've just received a Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award for my accomplishments as a Ph.D. research scientist, inventor, educator and international consultant. Most importantly, my wife and I are quite healthy and take no prescription meds. So, we're enjoying what, for us is the ideal retirement.  

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I just have a small US retirement, but ended up in Nepal, where even medical doctors do not always earn more. It's a great life and has allowed me to learn to share from my heart without asking for anything back, just to accept and not have to live by my old tapes.

 

I know a lot of Americans like Latin America, but even that is too expensive for me. People think places like Nepal are too archaic when it comes to medical care and perhaps the government isn't stable enough. I find the medical and dental to be fine if you know where to go and the government is pro-tourist. They know how much tourism brings and they don't want to lose money due to international scandals.

 

I find Nepal is a retiree's paradise and have been blogging about it for a long time now at my blog site.

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I have been retired 18 years, but have volunteered at a local and well-known museum, sung in a church choir, worked part-time as a counselor at two community colleges, and taken a number of classes through OLLI.  I also swim 5-7 days a week.  I am beginning to slow down at 80, but just beginning....So called retirement has been wonderful since I have never really retired, but done things I love.

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I have been retired 18 years, but have volunteered at a local and well-known museum, sung in a church choir, worked part-time as a counselor at two community colleges, and taken a number of classes through OLLI.  I also swim 5-7 days a week.  I am beginning to slow down at 80, but just beginning....

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Live long -- die quick

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I've been dreaming of my retirement for years.  My retirement date is Feb. 2021, but we bought a small second home in a 55+ community in Florida 4-1/2 years ago, when the market was low, in anticipation of either being snow birds when we retire or moving full-time to Florida.  It was a great decision, as I could not afford to buy my home today because it's doubled in price. 

 

I am looking forward to having leisurely mornings, spending lots of time on the beach, enjoying my husband going off to play golf, and socializing with friends.  My biggest goal will be to maintain regular contact with my grandson back in New York.  I will also look for an opportunity to volunteer and try to make a positive difference in my community.  

 

I KNOW I will love it.  I love all my time off work, and spending time with family and friends is what I want to do with the years remaining to me.  We'll have a modest lifestyle, but I think we'll be okay.

 

 

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I’m already retired with class!

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Sounds like a great life...my measly pension (for which I am, nevertheless GRATEFUL) and Social Security (what they'll let me keep of both) are all I'll get - or need!  Really, once I'm done working, I'm done...not there just yet, tho...

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I actually had worked for a non-profit but learned that there was no profit because the guys at the top paid themselves big money which left little for all else. That soured me on non profits.

Volunteer work would be a better option for me and I am lucky to live in a very large retirement community of over 125,000 people and there are plenty of groups that do volunteer work. As a Vietnam vet who came home with some mental problems, I am particularly drawn to helping retired vets. I also like animals.

However for now, I am just trying to adjust to not waking up to an alarm clock or keeping track of what day of the week it is or what time to go to bed.
Retiring is trading one boss for the one you married.
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Congratulations, @VinnyD983161. Best wishes for a fulfilling retirement!

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