Really Not Into Working Anymore

ddewerd

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Very timely discussion here...

Way too many details and nuance to bore you with, but I was planning on retiring at the end of 2022 at age 62. Now it looks like it's bumping up to maybe Jan 2022.

I've been at the same company for almost 35 years and it's just getting to be a drag. When I started, it was a smallish company (~3000 employees in high tech world). After mergers, acquisitions, selloffs, etc, I saw it balloon to 350,000 employees, and now it's whittled down to around 60,000. I'm still just a number and a small fish in a big pond. Money and benefits have been good enough for me to save quite a bit.

My main driver is that my wife is 6 years older than me (I'm almost 62). She's retired and on Medicare, so that helps. I have a decent plan to spend down my savings over the next 5 years so I don't have to tap into SS early.

My wife has some medical challenges that so far are only a minor hindrance, but could eventually turn more problematic over time. I don't want to keep working just for the money, and then get to 67 and say "hey, look at all this money I saved" and then have my wife not be in good enough health to enjoy it.

I'm just burned out on it. At one point I was the top guy and specialist for my area. It was bleeding edge, new technology, and kept it interesting. But now that's kind of bypassed me. And I am sort of self taught all these years - I used to be a high school biology teacher and got into computers by accident in the early 80's, and now I've been in big tech for over 3 decades. So I don't have a computer science degree or anything like that. I'm in a very specialized niche that is not really marketable outside of the high tech world.

So I'm just going to walk away. My wife used to ask me what I would do in retirement, and I would cheekily respond "not work!" But that really doesn't cut it - you have to be going towards something instead of running away from something. So we've had many heartfelt and honest discussions about what my retirement will bring, and it's now something that I'm really looking forward to.

All of my retired friends say to just do it, and you won't regret it. I'm going to take their advice!

Cheers,
Doug
 
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zeke54

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Wow , I feel for you ! I'm now 2 years into retirement and slowly those memories are fading . I hated that "team" crap too , what a f***ing joke , good riddance . The young smart guys that pushed the team concept could never understand why a guy with 40+ years in the company couldn't connect with it . Good luck my friend . Hang in there . It will be worth it after it's over !! :D
 

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Ugh...
Still a few years away from a full retirement. However, while sitting here in my cube this morning ... I feel like I just don't care about being involved with anything related to my job.

It's even hard for me to even fake enthusiasm anymore. With all of the new age "Team This" and "Team That" ... the Team building exercises they want you to participate in...

I feel like I'm ready to throw in the towel physically... mentally I realize I'm already gone.

FG

Yep. I have a ways to go unfortunately. Working with a bunch of "yes folk" half my age now. Ageism is real. Time to start my own business.
 

chulaivet1966

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Very timely discussion here...All of my retired friends say to just do it, and you won't regret it. I'm going to take their advice! Cheers, Doug

Howdy Doug....

For what it's worth....I endorse the logical recommendations of your 'retired friends'.
Mainly because...."we don't know how long we are going to live".

Best to you on making it happen and enjoying more home time with the wife.

Carry on....
 




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