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<<Looking baack with hindsight, what is the single most important thing to do preparing for retirement?>>

Aside from the sound financial you already received, the two most important things we did was to stay involved with people and find hobbies.
On retiring I no longer had the social aspect of work, ie: coffee breaks and lunch breaks with co- workers, nor the contact of co-workers in the work arena. We moved to a new community, away from family and friends. We wanted out of the city life and hassle.
We joined social groups and volunteer work. The friends we made and the volunteer work is very rewarding and very satisfying in our 'new life'
Not having a hobby before retirement, I discovered "weaving" and now have four looms of various sizes and for different types of projects. I really surprised myself as to some of the nice things I wove in the process of learning different patterns and such. I found a guild of about a dozen ladies who are weavers and I was invited to join them. I can't begin to tell you how much fun I have with these ladies and how helpful they've been teaching a novice like me to weave.

Filling the void of the time that was spent at work is important. Too many found this to be true and hated retirement for the lack of staying involved with people and having things to do.

Realizing the need to prepare will ensure you a comfortable and happy retirement.

Good luck to you and yours in the planning of your future.
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