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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    As a means of passing time, work is grossly overrated.

    Marco.
    Of course, Macca might like his job, but the fact that he refers to retirement as 'that happy day' suggests otherwise. I used to work with someone, then aged almost 60, whose father was still working as an engineer in his early 80s, because he loved the work so much and his skills were still in demand.

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    I packed up working in 2009.

    My skills were not so much in demand as irreplaceable at the time, but a voluntary early retirement package became available due to a company restructure.

    I was the only bloke in the company who really understood all the 'ins and outs' of my job. The management had little idea and had left me alone to develop the department as I chose, 'cos I made it work! I was fed up with things there anyway, what with the penny pinching all round and having supposed senior engineers constantly picking my brains 'cos they didn't know their jobs.

    So despite all sorts of persuasion, I decided to leave. I gather from former colleagues that it took the clueless employer a year to get my former work back up to speed. I've never looked back, let alone missed the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
    Of course, Macca might like his job, but the fact that he refers to retirement as 'that happy day' suggests otherwise. I used to work with someone, then aged almost 60, whose father was still working as an engineer in his early 80s, because he loved the work so much and his skills were still in demand.
    I think Martin quite likes his job. It suits his needs: not too demanding (takes it all in his stride) and it pays pretty well, plus he can walk to where he works from his house, and if he didn't work, he'd have to fill the hours instead fantasising over Lindsay Lohan.

    The old guy you mentioned who loves his work is far from alone. Each to his or her own, I guess. In terms of retiring (or not), much I think depends on whether you have any hobbies/interests/family activities outside of work that can keep you suitably occupied and without feeling that your life lacks purpose.

    I think that latter bit (achieving a sense of fulfilment) is very important. There's not much point in retiring if you have nothing or no-one to retire for. Also, your mind and body can quickly deteriorate if nether is kept active. You need to fill your days with some kind of 'challenge' or rewarding activity, in order to make retirement work.

    It certainly also helps if you're financially secure (or at least comfortably off) for the likely remainder of your life. There's nothing worse than being retired and having to scrimp and save and watch every penny... That's no fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    I packed up working in 2009.

    My skills were not so much in demand as irreplaceable at the time, but a voluntary early retirement package became available due to a company restructure.

    I was the only bloke in the company who really understood all the 'ins and outs' of my job. The management had little idea and had left me alone to develop the department as I chose, 'cos I made it work! I was fed up with things there anyway, what with the penny pinching all round and having supposed senior engineers constantly picking my brains 'cos they didn't know their jobs.

    So despite all sorts of persuasion, I decided to leave. I gather from former colleagues that it took the clueless employer a year to get my former work back up to speed. I've never looked back, let alone missed the job.
    i was forced to retire early to look after wife full time. there was an unattractive option, which wasnt really an option at all, and rest is history. I am where I am because of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
    But do you need to work that long? As I understand it (but I could be misunderstanding it) you have no dependents and no mortgage. Can't you just put shedloads of tax-free money into a pension and bale out early?

    I had to slog on until my children were through their education, otherwise I'd have packed work in at least five years before I did.
    No, the problem being the lack of shedloads of money, tax free or otherwise. I don't mind work really, it gets me out the house.
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    I finished working at the first possible opportunity, hated it, mainly because I had ended up in a management position through passage of time rather than ambition. I was never cut out to manage, much preferred being a 'back room boy' + I was expected to continue with the job I was doing previously AND manage.

    Anyway, back to the weather

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    It's a really nice day out there. Dry, bright and mild. Makes a change from the months of soggy, cold gloom we've endured.
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    Very nice up here in Midlands too Geoff. Lifts the spirits!
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    Sunny here too. Still cold though.
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    Yes, bright and sunny here. The hyacinths are starting to flower, and the daffodils and crocuses are already out
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