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Subject:  Re: seeking secrets of a happy retirement Date:  1/19/2005  12:32 PM
Author:  aktravler85 Number:  44111 of 88495

This is a topic that I think about a lot. My husband is retired from the military. Lots of folks are retired military.

We have the luxury of a good retirement income and medical benefits. Income from work now goes to build up our investments for all the additional expenses we expect in the future.

Our plan is to RV full time seeing this wonderful country hunting and fishing.

That said, What I see is from watching the difference in m parents and my in-laws through their retirement years.

My parents are both deceased, having passed in their late 70's. They always talked about "someday". Someday they would RV full time and see the country. They talked, but did not make it happen, for various "reasons".

They spent over 20 years "in retirement" never really having done anything. It's like they were too afraid to go away from their "safe place".

My in-laws are so different, similar lifestyle and ranks in the military, but they had a plan and made it happen. They bought that RV (along with a few replacements over the years) and traveled this country for 20 years, spending months living near their scattered kids and grandkids. They stayed young, interesting to be with (THE STORIES!), and a pure joy to have parked in your yard.

They sold their RV a few years ago, knowing that their reflexes and health makes for that active of a life more difficult. We all are proud of their making that decision. They now live in a lovely condo, near some family members and stay active going to the pool and taking short trips to visit family.

I spend time at American Legions and VFW's and there are a lot of sad cases there.

Particularly men who identify them selves by what they did, rather than who who they are. They never gave thought to "what" they would be outside of that environment. They never made plans or goals or looked for something to be excited about when retirement came around.

I suppose to sum this up. Find something to look forward too, and have several alternate ideas if "things" don't work out with plan "1".
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