8. Appreciate experiences over items.
9. Be frugal.
10. Manage your ego.
I don't have a roll option, I'd need to rebuy and then sell, and even If I wanted (not sure at all), I just don't have enough. $146k cash in my account, those calls currently trading at (looks), $245k, OK, I could do it in batches, I guess...
My last day advancing Azure machine learning is this Friday. I knew for the last couple months, yes it was better and I understood some things about my relationship with the company culture and about myself a lot better because of a different perspective retirement has given me.
But it also is quite a trip to let it go. I like what I do, this work would be in my top 5 places to work at if I had my pick. What I do for work is a large part of my identity and now this part of me is going to die. The most I was not making software for money in the last 22 years was 3 months, the rest was just non-stop work. Huge change, feels like jumping off a cliff and hoping the abyss is bottomless
My new answer for "what do you do for a living" is going to be "breathe"
(Just realized I read your question wrong because to me it was just the opposite - much happier after I just decided to retirere . But I leave my reply anyway)
I had a friend that retired most of a year before me who told me, in retrospect, that he made a mistake by diving straight into a new project volunteering ~1/2 time at a non-profit that is important to him. That he should have taken a few months off to enjoy it.Have been off for a few weeks now and feel better than I have for a very long time, much more relaxed - usually I constantly had stuff from work in my head which kept me from sleeping well at night and really concentrate on anything else at daytime. I was a bit afraid of being bored with no special projects but so far the opposite is true. Also, maybe most importantly I feel my social life has improved probably because I am not as stressed out any more and more pleasant to be with (I hope ).