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Author: ResNullius Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 81627  
Subject: Re: Here's my deal and state of mind Date: 12/5/2012 11:13 AM
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I left my firm at 49, then consulted from home (lots of travel) part-time until around 59. My wife also worked part-time during this time. Our one son is married, but not totally off the dole yet, as he's getting a PhD and wants to teach. He's getting a full ride, plus a stipend, and he'll probably get a fine tenure track slot somewhere, so I'm not worried about him. My wife and I did the numbers back when I left my firm, because we had no way of knowing then whether I would make any money and, if so, for how long. Halfway through my 59th year, I was diagnosed with a very severe heart issue (as in transplant-type issue), which ended my part-time consulting. Beleive it or not, one of the first thoughts to cross my mind at the time was how glad I was that I left the rat race, which had allowed me to have a good last 10 years. Well, we've got plenty of money to make it for however long is necessary, which is mostly an issue for my wife. I've improved somewhat (off transplant list for now), but my life has been changed forever, and not for the better. I had been a very healthy and active person, but now I'm quite limited in what I can do. Bottom line: You never know what's waiting for you around the next corner, so make the best of life while you can still enjoy it. Then, whatever happens next, you need to still make the best of each and every day. Good luck.
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