- Jan 26, 2016
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Yes, you are no longer beholden to waking up early to get to work and punch in.I think the absolute best part of retirement is that you can just not give a flying fuck about things that you do not care about any longer. For me, it was work.
The thing is this, I always hated work. OK, sure... I took some pleasure from what I did, of course. But, in the end it was always, and only, a vehicle to make the money that I needed to enjoy life. Work was NEVER life. It was a distraction from life.
Retirement is freedom. We do what we want, when we want to do it. And, if we don't want to do anything, we don't do anything. We have no obligations to anyone. We are not encumbered by work. The only limitations are the ones that we set for ourselves.
For example, we tend to NOT go anywhere on weekends any longer. Why? Because that is when all the working peple are out, running their errands, dining out, playing golf, at the beach, in the stores, etc. Why do I want to be part of that "rat race". Fuck that.
We went to dinner tonight. It was a wonderful meal, in an uncrowded restaurant. No screaming fucking kids were there. No millennial assholes sitting across from each other, playing on their phones. No line for the valet. The service was great and unrushed. The meal was excellent.
It was Wednesday... and all the working people were home eating whatever they brought home for dinner, out of the fast food bag, or what they microwaved from leftovers. Their kids were probably eating mac & cheese before doing their homework. And ultimately, mom & dad were still working, because for most working people - the workday never ends.
We shared a slice of cheesecake and a glass of Grand Mariner after dinner. Then, took a stroll around town on a lovely spring evening.
This is our weekend. We get five day weekends. We leave Saturday and Sunday for the 9-5ers and stay home around the house doing chores and relaxing.
Retirement is freedom.
My doctor is amazed that I sleep through the night with rarely a trip to the head, and fortunately it's not from just wetting the bed.Yes, you are no longer beholden to waking up early to get to work and punch in.
Now you just wake up early because you have to pee.
Yeah, well.... I work alone, troubleshoot and repair things that don't require me to touch oil or shit or anything else, I go all over the world, make WAAY more money than any of my teachers thought I would and generally do pretty well.
I'd go with gigalo. You can set your own hours and say no to whomeverI've been in my line of work (the mid-80s) to see it go from young geeks building programs from the ground up to a nice profession of 30 and 40 somethings where we really did produce some good things, to a total shit show where being a senior lead that almost every project I've joined has been fixing some company's code because they hired chimpanzees that worked cheap, or the code is several decades old and can't pass a security scan.
To be honest I'm done dealing with this and just need a few more years to retire and then do something else.
Maybe become a geriatric male stripper or gigalo.