Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Fort Sask , Alberta, Canada
I've seen this happen too many times and said that I wasn't going to let it happen to me. Where I worked some time ago retirement notices were usually followed by an obituary notice two years later.
The financial industry would have you believe that you need $$million+ to retire. It just isn't so, assuming you have your debt in order, secure investments, and don't live beyond your means.
I was laid off when I was 53 when the plant I worked in shut down. It was winter and I thought I would wait until spring to look for work. I never did. My wife's part time income was enough to support us and still allow us vacations etc. We never felt like we were holding ourselves back from doing what we wanted. We didn't owe anything and the kids are out of the nest. I never did look for that job. Picked up odd work here and there for some extra cash but only work that I could do on my terms.
My wife has since retired and we're doing just fine. Work isn't all they make it out to be and dying with a few extra bucks in the bank don't mean a whole lot.
My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.
"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "
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