Eight years

Oct. 1st 2017, eight years have come and gone, eight years of retirement.

I was one of those who were downsized, laid off, let go, from the down turn in the construction world. I had a small pension and decided it was the time to get out and stay out. Because my pension was funded by me and not the company I could also draw unemployment during this time.

I was 59 years old, fast forward a year and a half and I started receiving my second small pension from 20 years in the National Guard. This as well gave me health care and I now no longer was paying almost 800 dollars a month out of my retirement.

Fast forward another two years and I took my SS. A year before that I took a part time job at the local hardware and life was good.

Now Oct. first- eight years into this retirement gig and I no longer work at the hardware, I am a grandfather on call, a help were I can and life is not good, it is great.

I am 65 and a half, if asked I still do not know what I want to be when I grow up, maybe I will just not grow up.

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Regarding Eight Years
by: Patricia Murphy - Michigan

You sound as if you're doing wonderfully well.

As for what to be when you grow up? Hey, I'm 77 and I'm still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up. Don't be in a rush...

I've played around for the years since I retired, sold my house, moved into a townhouse apartment, craft, write, take pictures, read...now I'm going to rejoin the work force with a part time job as a Personal Shopper for a local grocery store. Should be fun.

Maybe not what I want to be when I grow up, but something to bring in a bit of money and have fun with in the meantime.

Wendy: Actually Patricia, that's a great idea for retirees... fun shopping and so many grocery stores have these shopping services nowadays!

Not as bad as many think
by: Anonymous

It's so wonderful to hear a positive retirement story every now and then!

Good news for a change
by: Judy

It was such a pleasure reading a "I am happy In Retirement" story.

I have read so many of the opposite feelings that I was becoming terrified of retirement. I am 65 and still work part time everyday but as this is my only life, I do want to explore the last leg of it as a fully retired person.

Hearing people say they are happy in retirement is what I need to hear more often!

by: Wendy

Loving reading your great retirement story!

Thanks for taking the time and effort to share with everyone!

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