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I probably missed the most important thing, which was to retire early, at 55.

I am in training right now for a trip to Yellowstone next month. My wife and I are going hiking with the rangers, out into the park to see the wildlife. My training hikes are 4-8 miles and I am carrying progerssively heavier packs and looking for gradually more difficult terrain.

When I was a kid, I was in the infantry. I know hiking. But I can tell, at 58, my knees are getting progressively weaker and more sore. Had an offer the other day to play on a softball team and I said no thanks. I was playing once a week only ten years ago.

I have no doubt that there will be stuff I could do today that I will be less able to do at 59 1/2, even less able to do at 62, and arguably unable to do at all at 65. That's the trade offs you start making by working another year....

It's not worth it to me. I can work at a desk when I am 80 if I have to. What I won't be able to do when I am 80 is hike out and see the bears or walk the canal in Paris from St. Martin to the Parc de la Vallette, just for the hell of it.

You only go around once and you are going to be dead a long time.
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