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Retirement/semi-retirement

Postby RobSg » Wed, 05 Jan 2011 1:32 pm

Hi all,
I've decided after 22 years in Singapore that I would retire or semi-retire in Singapore. I'm a 63 year old American and a PR for about 12 years. I've been in education for 40 years+ and have invested wisely, so I have the luxury of not having to work after June 2011. The question is whether I can actually do that. I have colleagues who are still teaching and about my age, but they tell me they stay at it because they would not know what to do with all the free time. IMHO, that's not a reason to continue with work.

Just curious how some of you have dealt with a change of life like retirement or semi-retirement. Did you have an initial period of confusion, as I'm sure I would have. What has kept some of you busy?

Thank you.

Regards,
Rob

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Postby ksl » Wed, 05 Jan 2011 2:07 pm

Early retirement is a stress reliever, go for it. Money is not everything, consider you may drop dead any minute and for what? You can take nothing with you when it happens. All the parasites come out of the woodwork, to nibble away at your hard earned assets.

Though boredom does occur on occasions, you have the freedom of choice only if you are a self starter... By that i mean the willpower to drive yourself to keep occupied in the day, a long holiday is fine, but you still need an outlet of working, be it for charity or social contact. Life can be quite lonely in Singapore as most people are working and you will be retired..

So it's self motivation not to get bored. Keeping options open is a good idea but the freedom to relax is yours, you should go for it.

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Thank you

Postby RobSg » Wed, 05 Jan 2011 2:42 pm

Thank you, KSL. I'll be 64 quite soon. This is not really early retirement. I'm about the oldest in my school. All my friends and colleagues have retired/semi-retired. Your energy level at 64 with 150 students is just not the same as when you are 40.

Rob


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