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Occasionally at the Day job they offer incentives for "early retirement"
I've never really seriously considered it because who can afford it? But today when it came up I actually did... maybe because I'll be 50 this year. Not that I think 50 is old... I'm proud I'm still breathing! I had close encounters with dying as a child so honestly I try to remember it's all gravy at this point.
Funny thing is, I don't really mind what I do at work, and the people I work with can't be beat. For where I live the money and bennies are excellent.
But as always it comes down to time for me.
How much happier could I be if I had time to do everything I wanted to do? If I didn't have to spend time to make a living? Right or wrong, that's what retiring from the day-job means to me.
Maybe my house would stay clean without complaint or resentment on my part :)
I imagine a well kept, maybe smaller house for me and Jerry to putter around in. It would still have enough room in it for his gaming and my jewelry making. Maybe we would still do a few shows a year, but mostly I would try the gallery route or maybe even wholesale to boutiques. I could work on jewelry everyday if I wanted ... or take a week off to read books if I wanted. I could have time to really cook again.
We could travel from time to time, long and short trips when the mood strikes us. We would spend evenings together.. something I miss greatly right now since I'm dayshift and he's evening. I imagine we would only have a few bills -- house, car, student loans etc would be paid off. I hope our health is OK, but honestly since that's a struggle for me now, at 49 .....
I realize that retirement doesn't really mean that- at least not anymore for most folks. But it sounds really nice doesn't it?