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Retirement is on the horizon--about two years out.

I am cognizant of the challenge of going from Career Mode to Retirement Mode, and have been entertaining thoughts about what I'll do (back to school, volunteer work, etc). It's freaky, but I think I've got a handle on that.

What I didn't expect was the difficulty of transitioning from Invest Mode to Divest Mode. Selling stocks for cash isn't too hard--I've got a rubric for that. But actually withdrawing cash from my brokerage account is, for reasons I don't understand, tough to do.

I've done it before when making major purchases; it wasn't fun, but faced with an imminent expense (house/car) to which I'd committed, I went in to a sort of do-or-die mode: of course I have to pull cash out, otherwise I can't meet my commitment.

But now, when I've reached my retirement investment goals, I am faced with the luxurious problem of pulling out cash for things I simply want. It feels unnatural.

I'm certain I'm not the first person to ever experience this. For those who've gone through this, what advice can you offer?

Thanks in advance.
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