My name is Dan and I retired on July 4th, 2010 at the ripe old age of 43.  That was over six years ago and I’m still doing what I want, when I want and that really is the definition of retirement.  Sounds easy, huh?  Well it is and it isn’t.  It takes planning and a change in attitude.  I ran out of stuff to say a while back but I’ve learned a lot and now with my wife retired and my kids out of the house, we’re starting a new chapter…and I’ve got more to say.  Hopefully, my retirement lessons can help you plan and live out your retirement dreams.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Steve
    Jul 05, 2010 @ 16:16:26

    Congrats on starting that new chapter in your life!
    I’m also retired and collecting my pension from PERS (Nevada).
    I put in 30 yrs. and retired 5 years ago at 51.
    My last day was a Friday and Monday came and I started getting
    around to all the things I’d been meaning to do.That took about 4 months
    to accomplish,at a pace similar to when I was working.
    One afternoon sitting on the patio,sipping a beer with my lunch I had an “epiphany”.
    I can’t really explain what happened but it was like a switch went off in my head
    and I thought-WTF,I’m retired,this is what I worked all those years for.
    Tools put away,watch put in the drawer and all future plans are written in pencil
    so to speak.Single,no kids,financially comfortable.Life is good!
    No real advice to give you other than enjoy yourself-you earned it.


    • flyfishnevada
      Jul 05, 2010 @ 17:03:34

      Thanks for the well wishes. I am still in long weekend mode. I think it will take a few weeks to get over the feeling I have to go to work tomorrow. Glad you are enjoying your retirement.


  2. billbirnbaum
    Aug 12, 2010 @ 11:26:33

    Hi, Dan…

    I suppose that I too am retired… I think. And I too find that I have to keep busy with “something or other.” As my wife explains, “I don’t want to go for a another hike to another pretty place each and every day.” So I’m busy blogging and also writing another book – this one a memoir about life’s adventures.

    By the way… I see that you do a blog about fly fishing in Nevada. One quick story… I live in Central Oregon – known for its excellent fly fishing. Well, a fly fishing friend of mine was recently invited by his brother-in-law to go fly fishing in Northern Nevada. When my friend returned home to Sisters, Oregon, he told me of the large number and large size of the fish which he caught.

    I remarked, “Wow, where is that place you went to?”

    He replied, “I can’t tell you.”

    Seems that his brother-in-law had sworn him to secrecy.

    Keep up the good writing,



    • flyfishnevada
      Aug 12, 2010 @ 19:01:51

      Thanks for the kind words. Ya, people think of Nevada as desert, but where you find water the trout can be big. I have a few ideas about where they went, but I won’t tell if he won’t. You look to have a nice blog. It’s on my blog roll now.


  3. billbirnbaum
    Aug 12, 2010 @ 23:11:33

    Hey, Dan…

    I found the link to your blog and added “Being Retired” to my blogroll.

    Best, Bill


  4. Dennis Harris
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 00:36:38

    Hello Dan,

    I just discovered your retirement blog, and I am totally inspired.

    I am 63 years old, and have been preparing to retire over the past few years. In fact, I believe that I am just a few weeks away from doing just that. Of course, I’ve been endlessly weighing the pros and cons of this decision. One day confident that this is the right thing to do, and the next day, not so much. I have the usual worries about walking into the great unknown, and leaving behind the dependable working world, which I have been slaving away in for the past 40 odd years.

    I am now more convinced than ever that the time is right. I have planned out my budget, so that I will be able to live in a frugal (but very satisfactory) manner. No shortage of hobbies for me, so I have no thoughts about being bored.

    Enough is enough, and I am now ready to turn that corner, and see what awaits me. Yes, conventional wisdom would dictate that I stay in the workforce, and gather more cash together. But I am still relatively young and in good health. I want to enjoy life to the fullest, while I am still fully functional.

    Thanks for the wonderful blog. You have helped me make my decision. I feel like a kid again!!

    BTW, I may even start up my own retirement blog…



    • flyfishnevada
      Sep 18, 2011 @ 21:04:12

      Glad I could help inspire you to retire. I think that makes three people that credit my blog, at least in part, with convincing them to retire (patting self on back). Don’t be afraid to check in and update us on your retirement.


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