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Aug 26, 2021 - 3:08:42 PM
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3027 posts since 6/17/2003

After a lifetime of working...I am retired.

My last day of work was 8/16...I feel like I'm already going out of my mind. I've never been unemployed in my life, this is certainly different.Bet I've made a thousand trips back and forth to the garage already...

I hope this gets better/easier...

Aug 26, 2021 - 4:01:52 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

25206 posts since 6/25/2005

It will. As Covid conditions permit, get out and enjoy some of the fine music that is doubtless in your area. I found I changed my waking hours considerably--no longer having to arise at 5:15 a.m. Also more time on the banjo, of course. If you're a reader, there's time for that now. As the pandemic wanes, traveling will open up too. So you'll find plenty to do I think.

Aug 26, 2021 - 6:12:51 PM
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Brian T

Canada

18695 posts since 6/5/2008

Welcome to the club. Squander it impetuously. Be indulgent for strictly yourself.
From the day you were born to the day you walked out, somebody else called the shots.

Not now. You get to decide. Don't look for others to make you do stuff, that's over.
I had been building a mental list of things that I was determined to do when I retired.
I'm proud to say that I have not accomplished one single thing on my list. Nothing.

Got my Sierra to plunk away on. I do wood carvings and enjoy grape growing.

As Brian Shul explains, "live fearlessly, you are not guaranteed tomorrow.
Life is short and it is uncertain (it is both) so do it now, ignore the "NO" people who are full of reasons why you shouldn't do things."

Aug 26, 2021 - 7:10:12 PM
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Owen

Canada

9535 posts since 6/5/2011

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Originally posted by TN_Picker

<snip> Bet I've made a thousand trips back and forth to the garage already...  <snip> 


Re. ^^, the guy we bought our farm from  advised me, "Don't walk across the yard empty-handed..... there's always something  on one side that you're gonna need on the other."  wink

Regardless, I trust all goes well for you.  

Edit: I realize you didn't ask for advice, but sometimes that doesn't stop me: Keep in mind that the passage of time doesn't improve knee/back/etc. function.   Like Janis sang" Get while you can.... ."

Edited by - Owen on 08/26/2021 19:17:29

Aug 26, 2021 - 7:14:43 PM
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Tommy5

USA

3895 posts since 2/22/2009

Love retirement, I recommend it for everybody, it’s like being a high school kid on summer break only now you have some money and a better idea of who you are. Plenty of time for banjo, guitar, exploring the heavens with my telescope, reading , writing , up all night correcting people on the internet, I can’t come to bed honey, somebody in Malaysia is writing something wrong about bluegrass banjo, and I have to respond, or not.

Aug 26, 2021 - 8:55:23 PM
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donc

Canada

6728 posts since 2/9/2010

Bryan.. Congratulations. You've earned it. Retirement is a big step but it doesn't have to be traumatic. I retired 12 years ago this week and its been the best time of my life. My attitude was that from 1953 [age 6] until 2009 [age 62] my days consisted of doing what someone else had decided. That included school and 40 years of work. Refusing to embrace retirement would have been like the 35 year prison inmate who concludes he is not suited to the outside world. Sad but true in some cases. If you still want to work just do it but don't kill yourself. Yes there is some boredom in retirement but I've also had my share of boredom before I retired. My top priority was and still is to stay physically and mentally healthy as long as I can. 6 days a week I'm out walking or biking. I've watched too many people become old in their 50's. I didn't start the banjo until I was 60. I didn't become a grandfather until age 68. We can't ever assume much of anything . Before retirement I contemplated employment in a few areas but that never happened. In my first days of retirement my wife had decided to stay working another 3 years. As winter sets in by late September I found myself hiking or biking around parts of the city I hadn't really explored. Today I seem to have no problem keeping busy. My life has become a magnet picking things up whether I plan them or not. It is a bit hard to describe but many retirees would know what I mean.

Edited by - donc on 08/26/2021 20:55:48

Aug 26, 2021 - 10:51:08 PM
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Paul R

Canada

14987 posts since 1/28/2010

Congrats on your new life. I think being active is essential. I've kept up my cycling, but have been part of several organizations - a community newspaper board, a trail management board, the board of a cycling club, the community editorial board of the daily newspaper, a cycling education organization - and have been part of various open mics and a Bluegrass jam. I've taught traffic cycling education to adults and children. Being involved in the community keeps your mind in gear, and there's always ways to stay physically active.

Aug 27, 2021 - 12:19:09 AM

3875 posts since 4/22/2018

Congratulations Bryan. I have another 15 years or so before it’s my turn. In the mean time, I do know there’s a heck of a lot of fish not getting caught and hills/mountains not getting climbed whilst I’m at work. I’m looking forwards to resolving that.

Aug 27, 2021 - 3:37:51 AM

1299 posts since 9/6/2019

I'll be right there with you in 8 1/2 years. I already have one retirement under my belt, from the military, and am getting close to my second and hopefully final one. Already have my wood shop set up so I can make sawdust all day and tell the wife I'm working on stuff to sell so I can buy a new (insert expensive banjo type here)wink

Aug 27, 2021 - 4:01:02 AM
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Brian T

Canada

18695 posts since 6/5/2008

I handed in my keys and walked away some 15 years ago.
The exact date is of no importance to anyone.
The fact that I have not done the things on my retirement "list" is of no importance.

Using after-market parts, I was repaired 2 years ago.
So for all practical purposes, I am 2 years old now. I like this second chance.
Use retirement to indulge your curiosities about anything and everything.

Aug 27, 2021 - 4:13:45 AM

95 posts since 4/13/2021

I retired 8 yrs ago. I recently decided to spend a few days a week 'working' at a local hardware store. The idea that I don't need the money but enjoy helping people get their tasks done keeps me active and engaged. I still run 15 miles per week and go Jeeping in Colorado's high country with my wife quite often. My routine is rewarding both mentally and physically.

Aug 27, 2021 - 4:39:59 AM

74951 posts since 5/9/2007

I joined another band when I retired.I'm now in three.
Nice to stay busy with music and home needs.Finally have the time to do the things I didn't have time for when lobstering.

Aug 27, 2021 - 4:45:26 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

26388 posts since 8/3/2003

I highly recommend retirement. When Dave and I retired, we could now go to festivals early and join in with the jammin' and visiting with friends and meeting new people. We didn't have to drive hours in the dark to get to a festival and we didn't have to rush home so we could go to work.

Dave loved to go to his shop and do different kinds of woodwork. He made frames for my cross stitch pictures. He made wooden signs for our chili/barbecue cooks and for bluegrass bands in our area.

No more getting up early, going to work in all kinds of weather.

If you don't have a hobby, find something that interests you and it'll take up more time than you ever thought it would.

At this point, after having been retired for over 15 years, I wonder how I ever got everything done when I worked!

Aug 27, 2021 - 5:29:02 AM
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73 posts since 1/28/2017

Bryan, I retired in Nov of 16. I was in a very busy work place and knew I would face what you are going thru now. I started mid summer planning some trips. First I took the wife on to a our favorite Dinner Theater in the afternoon which I could do that working and spent the night. That night the CUBS (I'm a Yankee fan) won the world series which we watched at the lounge, so that will be remembered. We went to Branson before Thanksgiving. Took in the Bluegrass in the Smokies Festival in Dec at Pigeon Forge, Tn. So plan a few get a ways even if they are short especially during mid week. I was also given a banjo by one of my company where I at worked.
Never played one before. We have been doing bluegrass Gospel sing now every Wed, some Fri. and Sat nights for the last couple of years. I built a bedroom set my wife wanted. All the things you have ever wanted to do you can do now. At times I have thought about a part time job, but I really don't have the time to work. Check out a senior center near by , some around us has all kinds of activities to get evolved in. Practice the banjo more. It will get easier, ENJOY.

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Aug 27, 2021 - 5:47:05 AM
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DC5

USA

20347 posts since 6/30/2015

Welcome to the club Bryan. When I retired 3 years ago I was afraid I would get bored, so I made a schedule and I stuck to it. Part of the schedule included housework - because my wife was (and still is) still working. Mondays I would dust, Tuesdays vacuum, etc. I scheduled time to play music, and I started building a banjo. There was also scheduled exercise time, and I allowed myself the guilty pleasure of watching Gunsmoke reruns at lunch time - but turned the TV off as soon as the episode was over. The gravity of television can pull you into the recliner and that makes you get old fast. Now I barely have time to even do the housework. I'm so busy I don't know how I ever had time to go to work. I'm never bored, probably in the best shape of my life, except for the damned arthritis, and the banjo is still being built because I haven't had time to get back to it. As soon as this morning's coffee is done I'm going out to install new running boards on the truck, then getting the tractor ready to spread manure tomorrow. Before breakfast this morning I swam 20 laps in the pool, put away dishes and cleaned the countertops. Give yourself things to do, and stick to the schedule - at least at first - until you don't have time to get back to the schedule.

Aug 27, 2021 - 6:04:26 AM
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wizofos

USA

6140 posts since 8/19/2012

Besides all the things mentioned above in your spare time you can start reading the classics. Shakespeare, Milton, or Mark Twain and Hemmingway. All the books you did not get a chance to read or just skimmed over when younger. Travel by train to see the country, check out the Grand Canyon, Pikes Peak, Yellowstone. You are not limited to a 2 week vacation, if you want to take a month exploring New England then go.
Do things you always wanted or a few you did not think of doing. Eat Gumbo in New Orleans and Dungness crab on the Oregon coast.
I have finally had a chance to do some of the wood working I never had time to do. Built a lot of lap desks for kids and grandkids, built one banjo and several back packer guitars. Some home remodeling.
Have a good time, slow down and smell the flowers, take up a new hobby, retirement was the best decision we ever made. Now wondering how I got anything done when I was employed.

Aug 27, 2021 - 6:14:11 AM

3875 posts since 4/22/2018

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Originally posted by wizofos

Besides all the things mentioned above in your spare time you can start reading the classics. Shakespeare, Milton, or Mark Twain and Hemmingway. All the books you did not get a chance to read or just skimmed over when younger. Travel by train to see the country, check out the Grand Canyon, Pikes Peak, Yellowstone. You are not limited to a 2 week vacation, if you want to take a month exploring New England then go.
Do things you always wanted or a few you did not think of doing. Eat Gumbo in New Orleans and Dungness crab on the Oregon coast.
I have finally had a chance to do some of the wood working I never had time to do. Built a lot of lap desks for kids and grandkids, built one banjo and several back packer guitars. Some home remodeling.
Have a good time, slow down and smell the flowers, take up a new hobby, retirement was the best decision we ever made. Now wondering how I got anything done when I was employed.


That sounds like my kind of retirement Glenn

Aug 27, 2021 - 6:30:35 AM
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rinemb

USA

13908 posts since 5/24/2005

Since I have been a consultant for decades, I don't get to have a hard retirement date-nor a pension. That said, my wife retired a couple of years back, and I am allowing work assignments to attrit away. Down to my few favorite folks to do work for. I hit 70 next year, and plan to spend even more time at home and away.
Living in an over 100 year old home means I always have something to do. I hope to do more with music. Then travel a bit more, but that will require more careful cost considerations. I may get back to fishing again.
I believe that volunteer work is a great way to use your time and feel productive. Don't over commit, and take some time to decide what you feel compelled to do as a volunteer.

Congratulations.

Aug 27, 2021 - 9:30:35 AM

2396 posts since 7/20/2004

I retired in 2006 at the age of 60. Coincidentally, we turned over the keys to our business on the same day my mother passed away. I can truthfullly say the the last 15 years have been the best of my life. During that time, I joined a disaster medical assistance team for 4 years and deployed with them for several missions, bought an airplane and flew it for 3 years before it was destroyed in a storm, bought a sidecar motorcycle rig and toured with that for 5 years after the plane died. Four years ago we moved 100 miles to be close to our son and his family. I'm active in church; choir and our church gospel bluegrass band, sang in the community chorale for a couple of years, and got appointed to the local airport commission. During the day I've got my ham radio, the internet, and a library of about 600 total LPs, cassette tapes, and CDs to listen to. I've got two of my banjos sitting next to me here at the computer, and they get picked up for a few minutes every hour that I'm in front of the screen. Right now, Vivaldi's cello concertos are playing on the hi-fi. Our travel has been limited since the pandemic started but we still get to spend about 4 weeks a year at our family cabin. I've never been more happily busy... Oh, and I've got about a half-dozen cardinals feeding outside my window, and the orioles insist that I feed them before I have my first cup of morning coffee.

Aug 27, 2021 - 10:54:09 AM
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Banjo Lefty

Canada

2364 posts since 6/19/2014

The biggest shock of my life came when I started getting seniors discounts. It felt like cheating, somehow, and it made me feel old. Well, shucks, I am old. Compared to that, retirement was a breeze. The first Monday I woke up at my usual time, looked at the clock, laughed, and went back to sleep for another hour.

Aug 27, 2021 - 11:14:30 AM
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3027 posts since 6/17/2003

Thank you all for the responses, you're a special kind of family.

Some fantastic advice and ideas!

Right now I think I'm in the mindset that "I am supposed to be doing something", that's a feeling that is simply ingrained from a lifetime of working for someone other than myself. It'll pass with more time.

I actually have a ton of stuff to keep me busy, quite a number of hobbies...just got back from riding the VMAX shortly ago, pretty cool feeling going past my plant and actually knowing I am not playing hooky! :)

I've already dug out my Murphy Method DVD's, my rolls and left hand still work well...I just need to remind them what they are supposed to be doing. I can still make it through a number of songs and licks, but I have forgotten how to pick a ton of what I could before.

Now I have time :)

Aug 27, 2021 - 11:28:15 AM

RonR

USA

1866 posts since 11/29/2012

At 67 I dread the thought of retiring. I don't mind having the weekends off and half days on Fridays.
I take longer vacations, but I still like having my hand in the game.

Aug 27, 2021 - 11:32:57 AM
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banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

11563 posts since 2/22/2007

I took to being worthless like a duck to water! I put in my time and could have been called a workaholic for a couple of decades, but I always enjoyed my lazy Sunday mornings. Now I get one every day!

Aug 27, 2021 - 12:14:36 PM

donc

Canada

6728 posts since 2/9/2010

As we can see there are varying opinions here and they are all correct. Everyone is different and nobody will every know until they try it for themselves.

Aug 27, 2021 - 12:54:16 PM

134 posts since 3/12/2008

Buy a boat!You will have plenty of things to do!..And lots of friends you never knew you had…

Aug 27, 2021 - 1:53:25 PM
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2639 posts since 4/5/2006

After he retired, I remember asking my  uncle, what he was doing with all his spare time. He replied, what spare time? I'm busier now than when I was working. (50 hr week was normal for him)

Retirement came earlier than expected for me, accompanied by some other, shall we say, inconveniences, one of which being the opportunity to escape the rat race. Lemons & lemonade. Banjos, fishing gear, & yours truly, heading north courtesy of U-Haul towing the L.A. road rocket. (Mistubishi Eclipse 5 speed AWD inter-cooled turbo) 

The BG community in So, Oregon leaves a lot to be desired, but the fishing is great. Sun, rain, sleet or snow, the first ten or twelve years, Monday through Friday, I was on the river! When I first met Hiroko, I told her I was into fishing. Without a blink of the eye, she informed me traveling was her thing. I thought, see the USA in a Chevrolet. Not quite. More like from the top deck of a cruise ship! smiley  She tolerated my fishing, & I accompanied her on her many travels. She also liked to fish, albeit saltwater, & she appreciated nice cars.

I used to ask myself, what would it take, for me to take another assignment in Ca? No Way, Jose! No amount of money will get me back in that rat race. Uncle Wayne was right. Keep busy & stay fit. Retirement is way too much fun.  

Edited by - monstertone on 08/27/2021 14:09:47

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