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<<I guess all I can say is I aim to be flexible with my decision. 5 years is a long time, and who knows how much I'll love/hate my job by then. Right now I'm pretty burned out with work and am wondering how I can last another 5 years. Luckily, I will be taking 3 weeks of vacation soon and hope to recharge. I also have to gauge how much MOOTFL will cost me in terms of years till 100% retirement. Not sure if MOOTFL and doing part-time work for 6-7 years would be any better than sticking with current job for another 3-4 years and being fully financially indepedent. Guess only time will tell.

It helps to consider issues like this carefully, over a period of years until the decision that is correct for you matures and becomes clear. And as you suggest, the answers can change over time.

My observation is that a lot of people who think they will be happy with a long worklife change and discover that work becomes increasingly burdensome. It helps to have the savings to make a choice freely, rather than be stuck on the Cross Of Gold working for a living when you are sick of it.

Seattle Pioneer
Reetired Memorial Day, 2007 at age 57
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