Yeah, and the "retirement means letting your mind and body rot" meme is the most regurgitated of all.Biking VT-> Quebec beginning next Sunday myself but I did just go through something like this. A friend(a couple of years older than me) was recently visiting me in Steamboat. When I bought this place a couple of years ago and was planning to move here fulltime(which as it turns out hasn't happened yet), she asked me what I planned to do here. I said ski and bike. She asked about when I got older(like 80 I guess). I said I'd still be skiing - the bus picks up next the building and will take me to the mountain and the gondola will take me up part the way. As long as I can point the skis down, I expect to continue to ski. There are definitely people much older than me still passing me on bikes so I expect to continue to be doing that, too.I would say to be careful where you live and who you are around. People here just keep on keeping on and that's the example I like.I read "Younger Next Year" right around when I turned 50 and that's when I learned to row.I do work about 25% time as a consultant and will until it's not fun anymore. I will say there are people who believe that stuff and spend their time talking about ailments and medical costs starting even before SS retirement age so, yeah, you can have a self-fulfilling prophecy to be in a rocking chair and long term care.
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