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Old 01-07-2015, 01:53 PM   #1
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Retirement isn't it amazing that even paradise can get routine

Retired the end of July 2013. Now it's January of 2015 and I can barely recall what I've done other than go to sleep on August 1 2013 and wake up this morning on Jan 8th, 2015. Anyone else have these thoughts?

Retirement was outstanding and still is but the glow I'm sure I had for the first 6 months has now worn off and it's life as usual the only difference is that I don't have to drive to a job where someone else dictates my activities. My wife now dictates my activities except for the occasion when I grumble a bit.

I think I work just as hard, stay just a busy (maybe busier), and still get frustrated with poor service. Oh, and I thought I would certainly slow down, (I've had probably 30 speeding tickets over my 65 year life) but I haven't. I still want to get there before the folks driving beside me on the interstate. (For the record I do not speed in the coach but the cars are another matter.)

It's not been a wasted 18 months, not at all, but as busy as I've been I can't say I did anything of real consequence. I've painted, pulled down wall paper, picked up my granddaughter from daycare many afternoons, repaired things and done upgrades to the coach and house. I'm not sitting on the couch all day but I do like a nap once in a while.

Wife would like me to get a job but why? We live comfortably and don't lack for the things we want, so the only purpose in getting a job would be to get me out of the house on a regular basis. I could do some traveling in the coach but its not the same without your mate and she doesn't want me to travel without her which I understand. She is still working which is what happens when you marry a young gal.

Anyway sorry for the unilateral off topic discussion; I'll stop now before I start pouring nonsense onto the keyboard and it spills out all over your monitor.

Happy New Year to my friends here on the Coachmen Forum.

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Old 01-07-2015, 02:55 PM   #2
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i found your post very interesting.

i officially retired Dec. 30, 2014 but i had been off on worker's comp, since the middle of July.
during that time, we sold our house and moved to another state. i had to stay with my sister during my physical therapy but would take time to head back up to our new location, where the DW was living.
going back and forth was a huge hassle.

so, i'm finally facing what my retirement will be like. like you, i could get a job but we are blessed in that i don't have to.
we have 5 acres that is beginning to look like a lot of work to live on and not sure if that and our house being two stories, are things we will want as we grow older.

so, both of us haven't had time to really look at what retirement will be like for us and what our day to day life will be like.
we hope to have a better idea during 2015.

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Old 01-07-2015, 04:08 PM   #3
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I totally understand where you're coming from. I need change in my life. It doesn't need to be earth shattering just something different from the regular routine.

Retirement is a huge change... The freedom is great... But after a while your day becomes routine just like when employed. The "newness" fades away. For me something "new" needs to be on the near horizon. But as I get older less things and experiences are new to me... It becomes... "been there, done that".

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Old 01-07-2015, 05:12 PM   #4
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Like camping, retirement a lifestyle that you have to get accustomed to. I retired at 58. That was 4 years ago. The wierd thing is I don't know how I got everything done when I was working. The honey do list continues to stay the same, seems like just when I finish one job another is added. I have 'learned' to sleep in a little later, no real reason to get up at 5:30 anymore. I have assumed some household duties like grocery shopping which I don't really mind a bit. I was in line once and a lady with 3 kids had a couple items in her cart. I told her to go ahead of me. She asked if I was sure and I told her "I'm retired so I'm never in a hurry anymore" which made both her and the cashier laugh. The nice thing is that I can spend alot more time at our seasonal site. Once DW retires we'll get back to travelling.
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Old 01-07-2015, 05:19 PM   #5
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I retired on Jan.1 2012,I was 54.For the first 9 months it was great,then it got old.I still play hockey twice a week so I get to see my buddies,and I was lucky to land a job where I can work only on days I want to.Just before christmas I told my boss I was going to Florida for 3 months,and that is where I am now.When I get home I'll call him and resume my part-time job.
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Old 01-07-2015, 05:45 PM   #6
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I retired in 2003. bought in a semi gated community, 18K acres,500 residents, small fee for the association, took up chairman of parks and trails for 8 years. That will keep you from sleeping too late, Was fun but gave it to a younger person, spend more time on trips now like Miami Christmas each year, visit Columbus, OH to see the other son, then my fishing trips like Brule, WI and this year White river in AR. Yellowstone river one day!. Get out there and see the country. I'm so bored between trips. Wife got some of her bucket list done last year on 10 state tour of the West.
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:11 PM   #7
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I retired the end of June, 2013, at age 58, after a 39 year career that I absolutely loved. It was a decision I didn't take lightly, and the first few months were quite an adjustment. I missed my work, and missed the wonderful people with whom I worked. It was almost like a mourning period for me. I wasn't emotionally prepared at all! My husband retired the end of November, 2013 and we left the end of December for a two-month trip to Texas. That trip was just what we needed to help us both adjust to this new chapter in our life together.

Just as Wiscampsin said, we don't know how we got everything done when we worked. We are catching up on things that were somewhat neglected, and we've taken time to travel, taken more time to spend with our families and friends, and just enjoyed the freedom to do what we want, when we want. We both have hobbies that we didn't have much time for before. Life is great, as is retirement!

It is hard for me to imagine not being retired!!
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:28 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Wiscampsin View Post
Like camping, retirement a lifestyle that you have to get accustomed to. I retired at 58.The wierd thing is I don't know how I got everything done when I was working. The honey do list continues to stay the same, seems like just when I finish one job another is added. I have 'learned' to sleep in a little later, no real reason to get up at 5:30 anymore. .

I agree been retired 16 years still am busy just if it doesn't get done today there is always tomorrow.
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:29 PM   #9
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I have enjoyed reading this thread. I am retiring April 1st of this year at age 66 3/4. I try not to work Fridays anymore so over the New Year's holiday I had 4 1/2 days off. I got bored and spent too much time watching TV (although this time of year the football games are great). I thought "what the heck am I going to do when I retire"? It must be a real challenge to find things to do that keep you active and interested every day. RVing will certainly occupy more of my time but in Minnesota the RV season is shorter. It was interesting to read these comments.
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:33 PM   #10
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I love it, and while I hate Caterpillar for forcing me into it by buying a very good manufacturer of locomotives in Ontario just to close it down I don't regret taking my early retirement that put me back on GM's retirement page, it's been over three years now and as most say 'where does the time go because I'm always on the go' I don't think I would like to go and work for anyone now as I have become to used to controlling my own time.

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