Quoted from DBLM:
It’s funny, I’m 42 and have a lucrative career. It used to be my ambition to retire in my mid fifty’s with a sum that would allow me to never work again. As I get older, I don’t think that is my plan anymore. 2 years ago I bought my dream house, which was incredibly expensive but a tremendous investment opportunity as it was significantly under valued. I have to pay this off, but I think I should be able to in the next 15 years or so while maintaining my current lifestyle. This is a long way around the horn to say that not only do I need to work for a while, but that I want to work longer. I enjoy what I do and take great pride in my work. My technical counterpart that I worked with for the past 4 years just retired at the age of 76. He has several millions of assets so has not needed to work for a while. However, he loved meeting with clients with me and said that work kept him young. I am meeting more and more people that are telling me similar things. I guess I will see how things play out as I get older but my thoughts on this have really started evolving over the last 6 months or so. Is anybody else having similar thoughts about wanting to work longer?
I worked aircraft. I built airplanes. Aircraft work can be very cyclical. I managed to hold on when 9-11 hit, but in 2003 I was laid off. I kept getting called back and then played off again. 7 times between 2003 and 2014. The last job I had I absolutely loved. I looked forward to going to work every day.
In 2014, at the age of 61 1/2, I was laid off one last time. It was over. When you work high paying aircraft jobs and get laid off, no other company wants to hire you. I could not even snag a job as a janitor. I turned 62 in August 2014. By October, the unemployment money was going to end so I filed for Social Security. The first year was tough and boring as hell. Each day, I would walk a different direction for 4 or 5 miles. That got old fast.
In November 2015 I bought my first pinball machine. I now have 7 mostly running and one I am building from scratch. Pinball has been my mental savior. But it would not have happened if I had not been laid off permanently. And while I like my pins and have had some good times, I would have rather kept working.
Talk about going around the horn, if you like your job and what you are doing and like going to work everyday, then keep doing it. If you can go fishing everyday then it is no fun. Whatever it is that you like to do as a hobby can turn into a chore if that is all you have to do.
I have had some crappy jobs so I know how to compare shit from high living. There are some jobs I have walked away from with out looking back. But if you have a good solid job that you like, stay with it. Your 76 year old co-worker knew what direction was up.