I've always found it quite humorous when on the original Retire Early message board they'd talk about "choosing" to retire early. I deeply suspicion that in a majority of cases it's not so much a choice as life choosing for you. Whenever they'd talk about retiring early they'd phrase it in a way about what their plans were, like they were set in stone, or they had it all planned out, and that everything was going to fall into place exactly the way they wanted it to. It's not always a choice. Sometimes life chooses for you. Circumstances happen in life that just make it irksome or onerous to either start over, or someone you love needs taking care of, or your own health deteriorates to the point where the jobs that you did or know how to do are impossible with the new circumstances. I had planned to keep working till I turned 55 years old. My boss and department head had other plans for me. When the arthritis set in and I gained weight because of it and I started doddering around the halls of the UT Vet School all of a sudden my boss decided that she didn't have any more money to support me anymore and that was the end of that. I thought it would be so easy to just transition into teaching and when that fell through I just gave up. I told Bonnie that I just didn't want to start over again. I was at the edge of a nervous breakdown and every morning I woke up dreading going in to teach. I just gave up. And that was the end of my working career. Art
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