We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As factories began to replace farms in economic importance, skeptics wondered whether old folks could understand and work with the new machines. One of the giants of American medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital co-founder William Osler, in 1905 decried the “uselessness” of men older than 60 and said they should leave the workforce.
Growing prosperity also meant more people could afford to stop working late in life...
I believe that Osler added that they should be given an additional year for contemplation , and then chloroformed . Said in all facetiousness , it caused a shit-storm in the media in 1905 . Some things never change .
I've retired twice, last time 20 years ago. Both times I sensed the time was right and cultivated a life outside work that meant more to me than the job I had. Never had a problem staying occupied and feeling productive after "retirement". Always looked back on both jobs fondly, but not longingly. Lucky, I guess.
Been out of the workforce for better than 7 years and have no difficulty enjoying the time freedom. Liked my job as well but had no difficulty putting it aside. I can stay up as late as I like or even take a nap...and can go on an adventure at a moments notice. Its great...everybody should try it.