Retirement.

Since I started my official working life from when I was just 18 years old, by the time I was 40, I had planned on retiring when I reached 50. I was able to at the age of 52 but after just a short time in retirement, I was pulled out to work for three years on an assignment. Subsequently too, during blissful retirement days, I was pulled out on three different occasions.

Be that as it may, I have now been in full retirement for the past nine years and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I am now too old to be pulled out of retirement again.

My retirement timing has coincided with India’s exposure to the internet, mobile telephony, multiplex cinemas, movies on DVDs etc, and online shopping. This enables me to live quite an active life with constant touch with friends and relatives as well as visits to and from them.

Online shopping enables me to buy DVDs, books and kindle downloads which ensures that I have enough to keep me entertained when I am not busy with my reading of newspapers, magazines and solving crossword puzzles.

The internet exposed me to to the blogging world and I have been actively blogging now for nine years. I have slowed down to just one post a week to keep the LBC weekly blog posts going, but I intend correcting that to increase the frequency to at least three blogs per week soon.

Blogging and visiting other blogs has introduced me to some wonderful blogger friends and that is another advantage of living a retired life which enables me to find the time to indulge.

You can see what the other LBC blogger Shackman has to say about retirement in his blog. The topic for this week was suggested by me.

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28 Responses to Retirement.

  1. shackman says:

    Had my circumstances been different – my wife not dying and my company not folding – I doubt I would have retired. I enjoyed the income, worked from home and most importantly enjoyed the work. I had 5 weeks of vacation and we could have made some exciting trips.
    shackman recently posted..Retirement – LBC Post 07/22/2016

    • I suppose that your situation is not very different from most people’s. Most would not retire if given an opportunity to continue to work and earn.

  2. You already know my opinion of retirement. 😀
    Cheerful Monk recently posted..WiFi

  3. Linda Sand says:

    Retirement gives us the time and money to do all those things of which we dreamed. Now if we only had enough health… 🙂

  4. tammy j says:

    i always gave 100% at work. it was simply the work ethic my father expected and got.
    so i learned early.
    however…
    i longed for the retirement years simply because of TIME! it’s more important to me than money really. though having enough money is always a good thing.
    but the BEST is having enough time finally to do just what i want to.
    and as you know… i too love it. i’m as active as i want to be. and i have wonderful friends! now because of the internet and blogging… they’re all over the world.
    one special one is even in mother India of all things! 🙂 xo
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  5. Mike says:

    People at work make a joke about retirees; The contractors, like me, that have come back to work, like me, have all failed at “retirement.”

    I’ve been back 5 times now since retiring at 55 — nine and a half years ago — the last one ending a little over a week ago after being back at work for 18 months. (I’ll probably be back one more time.

  6. Ursula says:

    I wish all of you an enjoyable retirement.

    And those of you, like Mike, whose skills and expertise are still in demand be happy. So many, still in their prime in their chosen field, are forced into retirement purely on the strength of their age. I often wonder, and regret, how much expertise of the older (retired) generation lies bracken and is wasted, not being made good use of by their juniors.

    U
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    • Mike says:

      The workforce where I worked expanded dramatically after the accident at Three Mile Island. Many like me, were just out of the Navy and most have retired. Others were local hires, many not long out of high school, and the youngest of those are approaching 55, the earliest age that they can retire with a pension — which most will do. For a long time, turnover was extremely low, largely because the plant has the highest salaries in the area. Then this post-TMI group started hitting 55. Two workforce reductions compounded the loss of expertise problem since I left. The pendulum has swung and they are expanding the workforce again because of issues related to not enough people to do the work. But that’s why I “get” to go back. I am part of the lost expertise. Before I went back the first time, they had not had a contractor fill a position in our section in well over 20 years. When I was “laid off” two weeks ago, there were 4 of us, all “retirees,” — and I was only laid off because of an interpretation of regulations on the use of “Perma-Temps.”
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  7. Anna says:

    I had great problems with adjusting to retirement. I stopped working because a new opportunity to organise my personal life in a different country coincided with very lucrative voluntary retrenchment. I took the money, packed my things and moved to Poland. After few months I was missing my busy professional life. I was too strongly conditioned to keep being busy. I started to study to become a coach, got my diploma but did not get clients. It is only recently that I decided that it is time to drop ideas of working again. I must confess that even if I like reading, blogging and playing bridge, I miss something. Is it work? daily contact with people? feeling important? feeling useful?

    • Immediately after retirement, I too felt that I was missing something and even now sometimes I do wish for the trappings of office. But the advantages of a retired life far outweighs the trappings.

  8. Cathy in NZ says:

    My take is different – due to ill health, I was forced to become semi-retired with the essence in retired! But I was nowhere near retirement age…a gov’t pension helped me to have a roof over my head and the bare necessities of life.

    Then ill health magically began to be different, and so to get me back in the workforce the gov’t granted me a quantity of monies – but at the end of it all, things didn’t go as planned and the workforce didn’t want someone who was still “ill” …so I carried on studying. Many of you have followed my ups/downs…

    I suppose it’s been a combination of things but just last week, I found “a dawning/an epiphany” – which at this point is a bit too new for me to talk about… and I won’t really know the outcome for a few months (lots of pieces of jigsaw still not in the picture)

  9. nick says:

    No sign of my retiring yet. I still work 2½ days a week until my two-year contract expires in November – and might very well be continued. I enjoy working and fully intend to carry on unless my health fails in the meantime. If I did retire, I’d have to find some very engrossing hobby to keep me occupied, or I suspect I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.
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  10. I retired a couple of years early, so have been away from work for a very long time. I often contemplate how my life would be if I was still working. Impossible, I think—time just slips away, and I seem to be busier than ever before! Retirement agrees with me 100%!
    Still the Lucky Few recently posted..After the Boom – Children by Choice Not Circumstance

  11. Dick Klade says:

    I officially retired 22 years ago. However, I’ve maintained a presence in the working world in several ways. For most of the first 12 years, I served as the accountant for my homeowners association–paying the bills, filing their taxes, collecting fees. The job took only a few hours a week, and my maintenance fee was the compensation. In 2004 my former employer asked me to write a history of the organization as a contractor. The job lasted nearly two years until the work was published. Two years later, I started writing a memoir, which was published in 2008. Since then, my wife and I have handled various small jobs that support our son’s fledgling business.

    All of my varied “work” in retirement was not work at all because it consisted of things I wanted to do, not duties I had to perform. I agreed only to flexible assignments, leaving plenty of time to blog, read, travel, and enjoy all the leisure activities I wanted to experience. For me, retirement has been far from a withdrawal from the world. I’ve enjoyed it all.
    Dick Klade recently posted..So Long for a While

  12. wisewebwoman says:

    I keep my fingers in a lot of pies Ramana as you know. Financial but also enjoyment. I like my life full.
    Great post.
    XO
    WWW

  13. joared says:

    I worked part time through years before and after my husband retired. His health was such we couldn’t take driving trips as we enjoyed. Am glad we did many throughout our earlier years. Enjoyed my work so much after he died i kept at it until a couple years ago. Have always enjoyed my time off and my time now.
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  14. I don’t want to wish away my life, but I do look forward to retirement. Probably not until 65 or so, though.

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