Comments on: Step 7: Retirement One couple's story of escaping 9 to 5 until 65 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:22:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: Bryan Wed, 23 Sep 2015 16:18:34 +0000 I don’t think the identity issue will be a problem for me, however just like you, I do want realize it could have an impact.

I am with you that we will not have enough time to do everything we can dream up doing. It is just like making money, there is a theoretical limit to how much you can make. The thing that will be most interesting for me is that many of my excuses are stripped away once I leave employment. I can no longer state that my lack of time, energy, passion, joy, etc. that has been sucked out of my life due to a job. Those excuses are removed and it is up to me to make my own happiness. (I know that is really the case now – but I still use my job as the excuse. A difficult habit to break.) 🙂

Take care,

By: Our Next Life Wed, 23 Sep 2015 04:47:26 +0000 We do wonder about the identity question — how will we define ourselves in retirement? We have some ideas, but also want to give it room to evolve, and to find out who we really are once we strip away the work demands.

We are definitely NOT worried about being bored in retirement. We expect there still won’t be enough time to do everything we want to do, and we’ll be happy to leave all the work silliness behind! It can’t come soon enough… 🙂

By: Bryan Mon, 21 Sep 2015 18:39:27 +0000 I appreciative the feedback and support on the retirement series Luke. Hopefully it is just one more year for me. 🙂

By: Luke Fitzgerald @ FinanciallyFitz Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:18:56 +0000 Many years away from retirement (happily) but this quote still hits close: Retirement will be a time to live, grow, and prosper. As I’ve said before, retirement is a fancy word for “following more opportunties.” Great series!

By: Bryan Sat, 19 Sep 2015 21:42:59 +0000 Thanks for the feedback Steve – I enjoyed the “Our Next Life” series you recently completed. Doesn’t it feel great to imagine what life will be like for both of us, just barely a year from now? 🙂

I have so many things I want to do, learn, experience, and see in our travels, I think we will need several more lifetimes to complete. I know we won’t be bored after our jobs are gone. Unfortunately I have been in a rut for nearly ten years working toward early retirement. I have lost the passion for the job and can’t wait to move on to something more enjoyable.

By: Bryan Sat, 19 Sep 2015 21:33:50 +0000 That is great news that your dad is retiring this year. I agree with you ARB, I know what I won’t do in retirement: stress about customers, sales, and other crap! 🙂

The thing about it for me is that I can get so focused and wrapped up in our goals, the present moment is slipping away from me. I tend to have a future mindset and the belief that the magical “SOMEDAY” will arrive with retirement and THEN I can be happy! I now know that I have to find my own happiness and I should not delay. That is the perspective of where my YOLO article thoughts originated.

For me, retirement will give me the freedom of time to do the things I have put off for far too long.
Take care.

By: Steve @ Think Save Retire Sat, 19 Sep 2015 19:14:06 +0000 Awesome blog series, Bryan – I like this one best because it’s talking directly about retirement. I’ve always found it interesting that people believe that they’ll be bored after they quit…implying that WORK is the only thing in their life and they are incapable of pursuing productive activities without a full time job. Truthfully, I believe this belief to be pretty darn sad. If work is the only thing in your life, perhaps a reflection upon your life is in order before considering calling it quits.

As always, nice blog post. Keep up the good fight – almost at the one-year-out mark! 🙂

By: ARB Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:11:33 +0000 I must say, I actually envy people who worry that they will become bored during retirement. They must have awesome, stress-free jobs. I was talking to a coworker about this issue (actually, I think a bunch of us had been talking about what we would do if we won a billion dollars right there and then), and she said that one shouldn’t retire early because “you have to do SOMETHING with your time”. I know I would do SOMETHING. Just not what I do now. You saw my post, Bryan, about the nasty customer that made me throw my notary stamp.

I don’t know what I would do with myself if I were to retire tomorrow, but I know what I wouldn’t do. And that’s go to work and stress about customers, sales, and all that other crap. My dad’s retiring at the end of this year and he has the same mentality I have. At 62, he wants to spend his days relaxing by the beach, not working in an underfunded housing project and dealing with an incompetent staff and animalistic tenants.

For people who fear that they’ll have nothing to live for in retirement, I say that’s nonsense. You’ll find something. You’ll have the time to find something. You don’t do anything outside of work right now because you dedicate 50+ hours a week to it. That will change once all that time belongs to you rather than your employer.

ARB–Angry Retail Banker