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My DH retired in 1995 at the age of 51. We both had sacrificed living what some thought was certainly silly but perfected the idea of LBYMs. We made up for that however when moving to Florida in 1996 and buying a house on the water (with a pool) and a new 36' Catalina sailboat.

When bored with that lifestyle, it was sell everything and buy a motor home and travel the country, which we did for a few years until boredom set in with that activity. Traded the motor home for a park model in an RV resort in Florida but that quickly grew old.

In 2006 we made the move to NW Arkansas, his golfing days were over but he settled into a part time activity of wood working and building furniture. Unfortunately his health caught up with him and we downsized our 3000sf house into one that is 1750sf. What a perfect choice. In December 2015 at age 71, he quietly slipped away while in a coma. He spent his 20 years of retirement living exactly as he wanted (so did I).

Now I'm by myself,and financially secure due to the sacrifices made early in his working life. It's strange to be alone, knowing every decision is on my shoulders and that I have no one to answer to but me. Funny, I can negotiate for a new car quite well

I travel, sometimes alone a few times with friends, but nothing is going to slow this old lady down. I do what I want when I want and life is good.

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