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Well...finally happened...RETIREMENT...

I have joined the ranks that I have envied for a long time...last Friday...August 31, 2018

I have also found that, as a "probie", I have acquired a couple of mentors. Names will go unmentioned to protect the innocent but Colorado and Florida come to mind.

My mentors tell me I need to practice the fine arts...nothing, later, nap, procrastinate, coffee, nothing, later, nap, repeat... Procrastinating today gives you what not to do tomorrow... As convoluted as this sounds, it's making more sense as the hours go by. I guess I might be a quick study.

I am to check in on a regular basis to make sure I am progressing properly.

Apparently, high mileage days are out...as are projects for others...and "work" is a 4-letter word.

I am also supposed to practice not knowing what day it is...this is key to a successful retirement, I'm told...

So now instead of making "to do" lists, I am supposed to make "don't do" lists...

So now I ask...those of you that have practiced this for a longer time than I, do you have any words of wisdom...?

This forum has always been good with advice so I'm hoping I can accelerate my studies so as to please my mentors.

...YAHOOO-OOOOOO...

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Congratulations Nick!!
You've made it to the finish line...


"So now instead of making "to do" lists, I am supposed to make "don't do" lists...

So now I ask...those of you that have practiced this for a longer time than I, do you have any words of wisdom...?"

Yup; don't make lists. Too much like work.
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Congratulations to you ....

It took me a long time to slow down.....
Had to keep reminding myself there’s
no reason to rush anymore....
You now have the luxury of "quitting"
for the day at 2:30 .... I did that today
when I realized I had cut a piece backwards...
I’ll head out to the shop tomorrow,
maybe at 10:00 or ??:?? a.m. ....Who knows ....
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Congrats -- you graduated!!!

There are 6 Saturdays and 1 Sunday in a week.

And if you wake up -- it's going to be a good day.
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You will find that you will be busier than ever. You will wonder when you found time to work! I have talked with many retirees that have seen this. Do you have a hobby or interests? Get interested or involved in something. The worst thing is to sit around and grow around the middle. I do woodturning and have seen a number of retirees that started in this or went back after many years of working and raising kids. I have seven grandkids in town- always something going on. Sports games, recitals, off school due to sickness- so who do they call? My wife was "forced" into retirement when the church shut down the day care ministry two years ago. She sews for four granddaughters- got some material for making purses. Have you thought about sewing? Don't laugh- my brother-in-law makes beautiful quilts. We have a friend who does the same thing. Welcome to the world of retirement. I retired in 2009 and it took me three days to adjust.
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Never made to do lists. All it does is remind you you've either failed or forgotten (which can cost you millions of husband points). I'm not sure I agree with doing nothing as the center piece of a good retirement. Doing things to a deadline, however, is pretty much out for me.

But I do like being busy doing things I like to do. I've always liked community theater but had little time for it. So now I'm converting a church meeting room for my senior group into a theater venue, with lights, dimmers, and soon, an expanded stage area and some theatrical flats to form a clean opening to the stage (a proscenium). Incorporates many of my personal interests, keeps me busy and off the potato patch (the couch).

But I refuse to take on anything that I don't like doing. Unless of course, my wife asks. I find life is really much better when I pay close attention to her, mute the TV when she speaks, hold hands when we walk together or watch a movie, make time to talk now and again, wash the dishes from time to time, especially when she's tired, praise the good parts of her paintings and art work instead of focusing on the not so great bits. The payoff is well worth the small effort it takes for these small acts of consideration and kindness.

I will say the medical issues forced me to retire and for 6 months I hated not being able to do the things I used to do for what can loosely be called work. But I've gotten over it. Now I can walk out to the shop and spend some wonderful hours fooling around with some project or another.

It will be interesting to follow how you adapt to being retired. I think it's different for everyone. So I hope you'll take time now and again to post how it's going.
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Congrats Nick . Hope you enjoy catching up on hobbies
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1... Well...finally happened...RETIREMENT...

2... I have also found that, as a "probie", I have acquired a couple of mentors. Names will go unmentioned to protect the innocent but Colorado and Florida come to mind.

3... My mentors tell me I need to practice the fine arts...nothing, later, nap, procrastinate, coffee, nothing, later, nap, repeat...

4... Procrastinating today gives you what not to do tomorrow...

5... I am to check in on a regular basis to make sure I am progressing properly.

6... Apparently, high mileage days are out...as are projects for others...and "work" is a 4-letter word.

7... I am also supposed to practice not knowing what day it is...this is key to a successful retirement, I'm told...

8... So now instead of making "to do" lists, I am supposed to make "don't do" lists...
1... WAY TO GO PROBIE!!!!
2... Good... WTB they won't want to ''sponsor'' anyone else...
3... You left out eating, sex and fishing...
4... that's procrastination is a good thing... it gives you something to do tomorrow and nothing to do today...
5... yup, we need to know if you fell off of the wagon and support needs to be rallied...
6... good start..
7... when you are clueless as to what a day/date group is,,, you have overcome a major hurdle...
8... NO!!! that still doing...
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I agree, Tom, we need something to keep us busy. I'm thinking of starting tomorrow...maybe.
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Congratulations Nick. But you forgot to list checking router forums at least 10 times per day in your chores list.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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