Do things really change when you retire? (1 Viewer)

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I used to carry a heavy briefcase to the office and stand around the tea point for a while talking absolute drivel.

Now one of my duties is to lug a heavy tiddle-tank around and stand around the blue lagoon talking absolute drivel.

Going back to an earlier life, we are parked up behind @emo at cite Europe and, having had our vans closely examined by illegals earlier on, it's now "stag on" in case they come back. I miss my pickaxe handle and useless green torch though.

Motorhoming is meant to be relaxing. I may as well go back to work!
 

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Since 1964 Gosh that makes me feel old.
You'll soon get into the swing of things in the retirement fast lane.
I hate the idea of working again, gives me nightmares just thinking of it.
I did enjoy my career & can't imagine that I'd ever been anything else but a paramedic, but working 7 days at a time which was 24hrs a day where I worked was bloody awful.

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Nov 25, 2013
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It started off well 5 years ago, but I still have not been able to cast off my business fully to my son. I still get "Are you about tomorrow ? and of course Can you just? When we are away I really enjoy our lifestyle, and have long lists of places to see. But at home with a large garden and a 92year old MIL who lives 50miles away and is very demanding. it becomes a bit of a pain. I used to find time for a morning swim, or a good cycle ride, but I struggle to do that now. I would definitely rather be away.!!!
 

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I used to carry a heavy briefcase to the office and stand around the tea point for a while talking absolute drivel.

Now one of my duties is to lug a heavy tiddle-tank around and stand around the blue lagoon talking absolute drivel.

Going back to an earlier life, we are parked up behind @emo at cite Europe and, having had our vans closely examined by illegals earlier on, it's now "stag on" in case they come back. I miss my pickaxe handle and useless green torch though.

Motorhoming is meant to be relaxing. I may as well go back to work!
The learning to relax bit is the challenge. :)

There can be a great temptation to drive too far each day and when driving not be prepared to deviate from your planned route if something interesting is spotted. After ten years I'm still learning how to do it. :)

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mike mcglynn

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Binky , When you retire you can sometimes become a non person by which I mean people pretend that you don't exist especially in shops ,but I have learned that a smile works wonders, when you walk around in city centres people look and sometimes smile back .When they manage to look up from their mobile phones .:D
 
Jun 30, 2010
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I love it, love, love, love it. I can do what I want, If I feel like a walk, I go for a walk.

Since Sunday I have been meaning to mow the lawn, Sunday we went for a walk instead. Monday the grass was wet with the heavy dew over night, Tuesday was the same. Today we went to Falmouth and had a jaunt around Pendennis Point and the grass was wet anyway with the overnight dew.:gum:
And guess what? It's going to rain tomorrow!:dance2:

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I retired early five year's ago, I intended to get a part time job in the winter months thinking I would be bored .My misuse said I would be back at work within a couple of month's ;).Well I proved her wrong:D. It is the best thing I did retiring. Always find something to do.My mindset has changed so much.If I feel like doing nothing then I don't feel guilty anymore, Before I always felt I should be doing something (y)

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When I retired 5 years ago, I thought now I have got time to restore a few of the classic car projects I have.
5 years on I'm hoping to be able to make time to restore the cars.
For me, ever a dull day and along the lines of the TV advert for recruting Marine Commando's, retirement is a state of mind ............ you may already have it.

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I used to carry a heavy briefcase to the office and stand around the tea point for a while talking absolute drivel.

Now one of my duties is to lug a heavy tiddle-tank around and stand around the blue lagoon talking absolute drivel.

Going back to an earlier life, we are parked up behind @emo at cite Europe and, having had our vans closely examined by illegals earlier on, it's now "stag on" in case they come back. I miss my pickaxe handle and useless green torch though.

Motorhoming is meant to be relaxing. I may as well go back to work!
Haha Stag On!!!!
 

stewartwebr

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We are six month in and never been busier. Our intent was to head South in the van and keep going. However, we go involved in some charity work which has sucked us both right in to the point we cannot let go for the moment. I have to say that things have been busy, but nothing will ever be as busy as a Saturday night in the ED Department.....yes I do miss it, never thought I would say that.
Things should return to normal in the next few months allowing us to start retirement officially in the new year. The charity work has been good and enjoyable but one thing I have come to appreciate is how much effort and energy people put into charity work they really need commended for it, they often work away for the good of others with no recognition, not that most of them would want it. Some real soldiers working out there to make lives better for others, I take my hat off to them.
 
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Retirement the best job in the world
Work is now a four letter word
Never have time to be board , relaxed and the stress of work slowly draining away .:D
 

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I am 9 and a bit years into retirement - it's great. But I was fortunate enough to have a couple of years to plan my retirement

The plan worked well and I enjoy it, but I do see others 'falling' into retirement who finish up doing very little other than watching daytime tv

Mind you, if someone had told me 10 years ago, I'd have a motorhome I would never have believed them!

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Oct 30, 2010
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Took early retirement over 18 years ago but only been properly retired for 3 years.
The first 15 years were busy with all manor of voluntary things that I never imagined I would get involved in. Played a major part and wrote a lot of a Village Design statement and a Parish Plan. Heavy involvement in planning issues, set up a History Society and published a book, and 8 years working with Vulcan to the Sky.
Now our Vulcan is grounded and we have backed out of most local commitments we can finally get away in the van whenever we want.
Been a great and very interesting 'retirement' though.

Richard.
 

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many many years! since I was a kid
I have retired 3 times now and this time I am enjoying it too much to go back
 

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I've gone back to work for a rest. Talked me into 3day week. I do Mon Tue Thu. I'll have a few grand saved by Xmas for my hobby fund

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I used to carry a heavy briefcase to the office and stand around the tea point for a while talking absolute drivel.

Now one of my duties is to lug a heavy tiddle-tank around and stand around the blue lagoon talking absolute drivel.

Going back to an earlier life, we are parked up behind @emo at cite Europe and, having had our vans closely examined by illegals earlier on, it's now "stag on" in case they come back. I miss my pickaxe handle and useless green torch though.

Motorhoming is meant to be relaxing. I may as well go back to work!
Hi again Did you sit up all night in case they came back? Must admit didn’t sleep as well as normal ,had my squirt bleach Bottle and detergent to hit between their eyes if they came looking under the Mo Ho again.
Did hear the police claxons a couple of times.We went around 6.30 still dark never saw any thing
 
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I have retired 6-7 times, first at 45.

Since then I have never been richer - both in capital and income. The best part of which is that for the last 7 years I have been able to give my Darling Basia experiences she probably thought she would never have had, after being brought up in Communist Poland and being left a widow in her 40s with 2 sons to bring up, which was financially tough.

Since then we have been skiing in Pyrenees, 4 Winter/sun holidays, sailing in Greece, plus 7 years touring in the MH in Scotland, England, Pyrenees, many regions of France, Germany and Slowakia. Not to mention her cook's ecstatic enjoyment of French food and wine.

Also she can go on health spa holidays whenever she wants, and is now away for a w/e with her old Scout colleagues.

After my first retirement I only 'played' at work and dropped it when I felt like it - mainly to sail Greece, but the extra income I earned and the house I paid for has made our current life very comfortable. I am even able to treat some friends less well off. [No begging letters please - unless you are already friends]

Retirement has certainly given us opportunities that I would not have missed.

Geoff

[The ability to pick up and drop work was because of my two quite highly-paid qualifications and experience, but I worked hard for those, including 4 years of doing a degree and professional post-graduate qualification while working full-time, but they paid off in both my working career and in retirement. Now I/We can enjoy the benefits]
 
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