Most retirees will tell you they don't know how they ever found time to work. I'm one of those. But I also know people, and my father was one, who would never be happy totally retired. In my father's case he was self-employed and never totally retired. But he did cut back on his client list. He loved to play golf and often played four days a week. But he said if he had to play every day it would be like going to work. I don't play golf every day but I often play four days a week during our 8 month golf season. I love to travel and try to travel at least six weeks a year. I'm active in organizations in my community where I can be helpful. I have a house and yard to take care of. I love to read, though even in winter that only consumes a couple hours a day at most. Most important, after a career of working long hours six days a week, I taught myself to relax more and enjoy my surroundings and life in general. It takes some effort and time but it can be done.Your Plan sounds ideal for you but I wonder whether your employer will agree. No harm in trying. OTOH, if you really have to have a job to be happy, nothing says you can't start a new career. If you do, I suggest thinking about what you really want to do and giving it a try. I worked in one field, where I was very good, for most of my career. Several years before I planned to retire a reorganization claimed my job. Not wanting to relocate, and reasonably financially secure, I opened myself to the idea of doing something completely different. I was fortunate to find an employer willing to take a chance on me. Building on business and interpersonal skills I already had, I trained in the new skills I'd need. I can honestly say my last few years of employment were among the most enjoyable of my life, though not the most financially lucrative.
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