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Subject: Re: 6 Reasons - Never Retire Date: 3/15/2012 12:40 PM
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Guilty as charged. That is, I rec'd tele's post despite the jabs at liberal businessmen and union workers, coz the rest was spot-on and I'm feeling kind.

I'm SO glad my husband was forced to switch to teaching and that I was forced to switch to part-time at 52 and decided to fully retire at 55. Else we wouldn't have traveled as much as we did in our 50s. I would find some of those trips difficult now in our 60s. These days the slower pace of RVing works for me.

The author forgot to note the caveats of working...commuting at rush hour, not enough time to get good meals on the table every day--resorting to mostly unhealthy takeout--and not enough time to be attentive to other needs of your own or your children/spouse/friends. If I hadn't retired early, I wouldn't've been able to take friends/relatives to colonoscopy, cataract surgery, dental surgery, back shot, and back surgery appointments. Wouldn't be able to take Mom to lunch & a movie from time to time. Certainly wouldn't be babysitting for my grandson!

I know people in their 60s & 70s who enjoy their work--find it minimally stressful, especially those who work part-time or mostly at home and are able to accomplish errands and chores during the day. It's sad when they have to work though, rather than want to.
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