Quote from GrumpyRN
The happiest people I meet are nurses who have retired in their early 60's. Some have gone on and done some part time work in other industries, some do voluntary work and some look after grandchildren. But, to a (wo)man they tell me that retiring was the best thing they ever did and don't know how they found time to work they are so busy doing stuff they enjoy.
I am planning on retiring next year - I will be 62 - and would be horrified at having to work into my 70's. I know I would be a danger to my patients and to myself.
My best friend was able to retire at age 62. He was in the state university system of Texas and gets a pension, unlike me whose responsible for myself. He's quite happy.
Good luck and I hope in retirement you rejuvenate so you aren't a danger to anyone. LOL
I picked age 70 to retire as a financial decision. I just won't be ready at age 62 or 65 I don't think. But time will tell.
In the meantime, I'm trying to balance life and spending. I'm probably sacrificing some retirement, but I'm also not putting things off. I decided to travel while I'm young and vibrant (age 57) and not wait. This year I went to Southeast Asia and am planning my next travels soon.
If I lived frugally, didn't travel, didn't go out to eat, didn't go to the movies and stashed away every penny I could retire earlier, but I'm not willing to live like that. I might regret it, but I might have a stroke next year and be happy I've done the things I've done while I could.