Burt, is it too late? I moved over here when I took early retirement at age 53.
Naw... I'm just bitching and complaining about the folly of youth.
We're good right where we are by God's Grace.
As so many people have stated, that your dreams change and mature as time goes by.
I made a choice to keep the family business even though the skill set is pretty much as a Scullery maid.
But the stability gives me the opportunity to pursue interests of the mind and soul in a private manner.
I am so grateful you were able to retire @ 53 !!!
That is some incredible money management !!
Whoo Hoo !!!
It really is screwy in my case as I started the bi-polar before it was the soup de jour back in 1977.
Fight or Flight was really messed up and I think that this rash of 4000% increase in Bi-Polar since the turn of the 2000 is really the spiritual / material evolution of the right and left hemispheres try to establish balance.
As in the travail of birth.
If you look objectively at Bible and dare I say Our Lord Jesus Christ -- the whole thing is bi-polar.
Getting off of topic is part of my condition... not an excuse but the important evades and the trivial is pronounced.
Now as far as stuff goes... man is that a touchy subject.
Because my older ' educated ' brothers forced Dad to have an ' estate sale ' while he was living -- his emotionally inherent items which got him though the WWII were sold so ' the brothers ' were written out of the will.
Dad is first generation, so he didn't understand the psychology of establishing boundaries and socking away the earnings in an untouchable manner until say age 35 or so...
So, the Cain and Able brother conflict destroyed huge sums of cash and a lot of hearts.
Well... enough for my spiel.
Sad, but true... if I seem like a downer, Connie and I are still healing from a 12-year full-war.
The Conflict ?
Dad & Mom and live-in Uncle John's right to pursue their retirement as they choose.
I'm not an angel, but I choose to keep them in their business and home while the older ' brothers ' forcibly wanted to push them into a condominium.
What a waste.. but hey... we're still here !