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Old 12-21-2018, 08:44 PM
 
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Does there come a time we take retirement for granted?

Iíve been retired 2.5 years and am positively gleeful every time I realize this is really my life. When I tell friends/family how happy I am, they invariably reply, ďYou deserve it.Ē Not one part of me believes I deserve this joy, but Iíll take it.

I read some of you miss work. I donít.


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Old 12-22-2018, 02:53 AM
 
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I don't miss teaching at all. I am blissfully happy in retirement. I deserve this after 37 years of working. What a great time of life.
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Good morning and happy holidays to all-
To be honest, except for the times I listen to my son and daughter tell me about their classes and their kids and their crazy administrations during their school days, I never think about teaching- at all- ever.
I am surprised by this, to be honest, because for 37 years, teaching was a major part of my life. but since I hit the eject button five years ago, my mind has been occupied by other things.
I still work, if you call sitting and typing words to become articles and books as work, but now I do my work on my own schedule in my own room and with my own administrative assistants- Boston terriers Molly and Millie- to provide creative help.
Yes, being retired is very, very nice.
good day to all- Ed
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I've been retired 7 years, and I still love it. I only think of teaching when I'm with some of my friends who are retired teachers, and we tell old war stories which mostly seem to be funny now.

I love the freedom. I love that activities I've chosen, some that give structure, stability, and meaning to my life, and some that are just pleasing or fun. I love being able to just be and relax or do nothing when that is important. And I love the ability to drop everything and go if something comes up, or just to act on a whim.

I'm not anywhere close to rich, but I have enough, and for that I am truly grateful.
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Old 12-22-2018, 08:31 AM
 
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I've been retired 6 years. It NEVER gets old! I see all the working folks scurrying around, and I'm so thankful that I'm not!


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Old 12-22-2018, 10:01 AM
 
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I canít wait to feel the joy. It wonít be long!
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Old 12-22-2018, 11:01 AM
 
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miss teaching - some of the parents, kids, work friends, but the "don't miss" list is way longer.
Every so often I enjoy reminding myself how I love having all of my evenings to do as I please and on Sundays not worrying about what to wear for the next week. I love getting up in the morning, enjoying my coffee and getting ready to head to the pool for a water aerobics class with friends.
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Old 12-22-2018, 02:36 PM
 
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I can't wait either, Wildflowerz. 89 more days for me.
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Old 12-23-2018, 12:00 PM
 
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I am blissfully happy! I keep myself busy with activities that I want to do. I totally love not being in charge of anything. I am having Christmas Day but that will be fun. We enjoyed a Pub Crawl yesterday. Everyone I run into says how relaxed I look.
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Old 12-23-2018, 04:07 PM
 
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My best friend and neighbor retired a couple of years ago. I know she gets tired of me saying how blessed i feel that I was able to retire, although she loves her retirement and has no regrets. When I was teaching, weekends especially were consumed with school-related work or trying to catch up at home. I am so grateful now I can decide to see a movie at the spur of the moment and not care how much time out of the day it takes. Yesterday, we traveled an hour or so from home to see a version of A Christmas Carol, and we went out to a wonderful restaurant in a town near the performance. it was wonderful, and i didn't have to worry about how I was going to catch up today. Every day is a vacation to me.


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Old 12-23-2018, 07:07 PM
 
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Iíve been retired a year and a half, and I donít take it for granted yet. When Iím walking my dog in the morning, I think about how Iíd be leaving for work. Iím happy being retired, but it still seems new to me in some ways. But Iím so glad I donít have the stress any more!
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Old 12-25-2018, 12:41 PM
 
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Hi Ed from Bama,
it's Eric from Bama (B'ham born and raised until I joined the Navy) Now I live in Atlanta. I read your post and I wanted to tell you that I also have 2 Boston Terriers -- Peabody and Twiggy.
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