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Message posted by david8858 on 15/4/2018 at 1:51pm
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Only 4 months to go!! It seems like a lifetime away. Did anyone else find their lead up to retiring like wading through sticky porridge? Each day dragging? Am I just anticipating it with too much relish?

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I was lucky as I was able to go part-time for a while before I retired; it made leaving more of a step than a giant leap. I was well ready to go and had no regrets, but did feel like I was on holiday for a while, before it sank in that I'd never have to go back. The next few months will drag, but you'll be able to tick off the last working Whit, the last working midsummer, only however-many Monday mornings to go etc, until the date comes along. Enjoy!

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I was lucky I decided to retire at sixty one decided to work to the end of march then look forward to having a great time away and still enjoying are self Forty years of working days and nights So retired eleven years and every day is great

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Iím just two days a week since September but itís amaz how quickly THOSE two days come around ☹️ Mid July seems AGES away 😢

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I retired at 57 from my career of 34 years, the chance of VR came up with full final salary pension........A no brainier, I looked at the figures and signed the form within minutes, the best thing I have ever done.

No waiting around, no part time, which I would have hated tbh, just 30 days and gone. Been just over three years and have not even glanced back. I was always a believer of something I was told ďwhen your gone nobody will remember you after a couple of monthsĒ. How true that is.

Enjoy your retirement. 😀👍

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Yep on the flip side, I am still in full time work at the age of 58, although I have a few pensions schemes out there, one of which is final salary, I have no intentions of retiring, as long as the current job holds out.

I have managed myself into a very easy job, working from home c/w company car, been doing the job for over 12 years now.

In fact I seem to have an easiar time of it, than my brother who is 68, and retired 3 years ago, although he did have a nightmare of a job, and was more than happy to retire.

I recon retirement would be harder work than working! the way I have things sorted.

I guess looking forward to retirement is for some folk, but not others.

Message posted by Mike3003 on 15/4/2018 at 6:16pm
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I also worked from home, my work area was the rivers of Dartmoor, when I stepped out the door I was working, I planned my work and had no one looking over my shoulder.

I had a company lease car for nearly 30 years. An absolute dream of a job that I loved, I was very fortunate, earning well above the national average wage.

But trust me Francais, being retired is far, far better than having to be somewhere, at a certain time for someone else with limited time off.

Please donít fool yourself, or try and fool us that have retired, wild horses would not get me back to my job, life is a huge deal better. But, off course, if you donít retire, you will never know..........Will you.

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Message posted by Lorfal on 15/4/2018 at 7:05pm
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I took EARLY VR and wen5 at 50. So I phased down 3 months prior when I was still 49. I had 30 years service. Did take a penalty, but itís still manag3able, and I hope to have the pensi9n for longer. Well thatís what I hope.

Donít regret it at all. My days ar3 full!

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Message posted by Bob61 on 15/4/2018 at 8:08pm
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I retired in November so I was able to take my annual leave for that year, plus a fair few owed days off prior to my actual retirement day. I can't remember now but think that added up to at least a month to six weeks.

The most difficult thing for me was that in my last 10 years of work I was a local police officer running my own beat (think Heartbeat ). Everybody knew me...even the criminals...and I was a respected pillar of society. Everybody wanted to chat and buy me a pint in the pub...except the criminals. I had to move out of the police house in the village where I had lived for 10 years to another house in another village where nobody knew me...so one day I was Mr Popular and then next day Mr Nobody. That took a bit of getting used to.

As Mike said, after a couple of months nobody will remember you...how true that was.

One comment a retired friend mentioned to me on approach to my retirement was that the bills still keep coming in and rising but the pension doesn't. He was right and within 8 months of retiring I found I had to take on some part time work because although my pension just about paid the bills there was nothing left for enjoying my retirement. It was about then I was able to go camping regularly...I worked for 3 days, camped for 3 days, then had a day off

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Message posted by Colin21 on 15/4/2018 at 9:23pm
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I retired twice. I took early retirement off the railway at age 51 due to restructuring, and did a variety of different jobs after that, some full-time, the some part time. My second retirement came at age 62, when I decided to give up the 3 part time jobs I was then doing. I have never looked back. Since retiring off the railway I have used my railway experience volunteering with a Heritage Railway. Best thing about retiring is that I now only do something if I want to do it, and only then when I feel like it.   

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Message posted by julia21 on 15/4/2018 at 9:38pm
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for the wife she gets twice the husband for half the money.£186,26. i pity those who lived life to the full and did not save anything,,,,i could have retired 3 weeks ago but am thing of doing another year,

Message posted by moorlander999 on 15/4/2018 at 9:47pm
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I retire next year age 51 ....cant wait !!

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Absolutely right Mike, I guess I will never know, my job allows me to start and finish when I choose, I have no set hours being on a salary, I choose to work just 2 hours some days and maybe up to 5 hours other days, in fact I even get a productivity bonus every qtr, which I have always achieved for the last 12 years.

Friends and neighbors think that I am semi retired, which in a way I am I guess, but on full pay.

Guess I just got lucky!

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Quote: Originally posted by moorlander999 on 15/4/2018
I retire next year age 51 ....cant wait !!



If you are like me the last year will seem FOREVER 😢

Hope itís better for you 😃

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I retired almost 6 years ago but I still work for the company on my terms.
I tell them when I am going on holiday, I don't ask them.
They ask when I can do some work for them, they don't tell me.

They need me more than I need them, it's a great feeling.

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Message posted by Mike3003 on 16/4/2018 at 8:34am
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Quote: Originally posted by Francais on 15/4/2018
Absolutely right Mike, I guess I will never know, my job allows me to start and finish when I choose, I have no set hours being on a salary, I choose to work just 2 hours some days and maybe up to 5 hours other days, in fact I even get a productivity bonus every qtr, which I have always achieved for the last 12 years.

Friends and neighbors think that I am semi retired, which in a way I am I guess, but on full pay.

Guess I just got lucky!



Exactly the same as me! Arenít we so lucky.

I was salaried, started when I liked finished when I liked, worked what day I liked, could bank hours for extra time off when I needed it, 6 weeks a year plus bank holidays plus time off in lieu. No targets to reach, could take my dogs to work, out in the countryside every day, all my clothing provided, free eyetests etc.

I even got to work, yes work apparently, on lakes such as Coniston in the Lake District and have a nice expense account.

But I wasnít stuck in a tin box doing 30k + a year mileage, that would be sheer hell. I just could not contemplate such torture.

Yep, I know where your coming from, believe me...............But your still trying to kid yourself, but you donít kid us.

Retirement is far, far nicer..........You may realise that one day.

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