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TMF Pixy, and Mrs. Pixy, I wonder if you could tell us a little about your own "redirection" experience? The 20 November article is a good one, Thank You Sir!

A term I have found useful when talking to others nearing but not quite there yet is "re-wiring" rather than "retiring". That sounds to me like more fun than re-directing. Partly brings to mind playing with tinker toys - remember them? You have a stack of rods and spools and can stick them together to make almost anything you want: towers, bridges, carts, ferris wheels - or just stick figures!

My own experience after leaving my last full time job was to give myself a year to get used to not working for money. I did school volunteer work. Then I expanded on volunteer work for my professionl society (from Treasurer to Treasurer + webmaster) and joined two choruses instead of just one (The first one sings only at night 'cause most guys have full time jobs; the second one sings mostly during the daytime 'cause most of the guys are "retired".) The thing they all have in common is the kind of challenge and reward that turns me on!

In all honesty, I could not visualize this life until I actually began doing it. Now I like to tell everybody how to do it (chuckle).
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