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Subject:  Re: seeking secrets of a happy retirement Date:  1/17/2005  10:52 PM
Author:  Matt1344 Number:  44093 of 80008

"The tips could be general advice, a specific strategy, the benefit of your experience, or simply some encouraging words.

Thanks in advance for any ideas!

Hi Selena,

Since there is no right or wrong answer here I guess I'll put in a few thoughts..

Savings, investing tips etc have been covered and will be by brighter minds than me so like The Badger I'll look at other areas... I am not fully retired so I'm only half qualified to comment.

Some years ago at age 55, when I had decided to quit working, thoughts would run through my head... One line of thought was to recognize that a job was something I had, something I did, it was not who I was. For many folks a large part of their identity is their job. What's the first question most people ask you? What kind of work do you do?

So I started thinking about the coming "loss" of my job, hmmm "I'm a dancer (because I love to dance), I'm a woodworker (ah the beauty hidden in wood and it offers me a chance to use the engineer part of me sometimes), I'm a motorcycle rider (Badger ca