Sold my Business at 56
I retired at 56 after having sold my business; sort of a "forced" situation. This was right before the financial crisis of 2008, so the timing turned out to be good.
The first year was very difficult; sought counseling and was on depression meds for a short time. Had a couple more "depression bouts" during the first several years. I worked very diligently to find a job working for somebody else; only found some small projects along the way.
Now, 9 years later, I am still trying to create paid work projects.
Since 2008, I became a private pilot.
I spend more time making rock 'n roll, hanging out with new grandkids, traveling, volunteering, etc. The nagging worry is and has always been "running out of money".
But, I am HAPPIER and VERY BUSY now. THIS TAKES TIME. The flexibility of NOT having to work full-time is worth a lot...