They are gambling on you not taking an early retirement at 62
If you are about to consider an early retirement at 70% of wages monthly on your Social Security retirement I guarantee you they are banking on you waiting until you are 64 or older before you finally throw in the towel.
My best friend who recently turned age 62 told me if he decided to retire from work now, he would be facing a cut in his Social Security earnings and if he held on for just a few more years, his monthly pay from S.S. would be at 100% instead of around 70% for retiring early, but he says, he wonders just how many quality years he has left to enjoy retirement.
Already at 62 years of age, he says, he really likes being able to afford the benefits of having more income but feels like he has worked basically long enough and as the world turns into a chaotic mess both on the political front and the economic and social realm along with global climate change, it is a difficult decision to just hold on to that job and continue working, in hopes that by the time he reaches the age where he can draw a hundred percent of his Social Security income he might have a few more years left to actually enjoy the last remaining years of his life in the pursuit of things he actually enjoyed doing.
I too am facing the reality check of being at an age where you continue to ask yourself, how many quality years do I have remaining on my yard stick of life? Will I continue to have hearing and vision problems and worry about becoming obsolete in a world that is changing rapidly from innovation of the current era to inventions of the days and years ahead with Artificial limbs, artificial Intelligence and artificial news reports!
I have tried to tell him that it is his decision and that often we get so used to the daily routine of doing the 9 to 5 that we might go bananas, when we retire and have nothing to do but twiddle our thumbs and set and veg out on videos and soft bread sandwiches! Not to mention the day by day onslaught of telephone marketers and robocalls that we have a tendency to want to yank out the telephone cord directly from the wall!
I asked him yesterday in a phone conversation, "Don't you sometimes just want to throw your phone against the wall and smash it to bits?" He replied, "I almost wanted to do that yesterday"
My wife is currently watching morning talk shows such as The View and others of interest. But earlier she was watching YouTube videos about practical and entertaining ways to deal with telemarketers and scam callers and she enjoyed those, while I had coffee, a chocolate microwave in a minute brownie in a cup and while defragmenting my system drive, played a few rounds of Granny In Paradise, to pass the time. So I came here to Persona Paper just to add my 2 cents worth for today. Frankly I am worn out. I went out to the metal storage shed to get a rake to rake up some dead leaves over our dead lawn to put them in a mulch pile for next spring only to see that 5 Rubbermaid totes had collapsed and fallen over top of my lawn mowers. I had to take them out, fill them with regular gasoline and run them both one by one to make sure they both still functioned after having a landslide of totes fall on them and lay there for the past month unattended.
It was humid and hot yesterday and I sweated like a beast in that metal shed, while re-stacking things. I discovered that there were some fragments of plastic all over one lawn mower from a lid that had emploded under the weight of too many other totes. And a microphone stand, rusted all over and my bicycle also had rust. It seems that having anything metal, exposed to the heat and humidity on a month by month, year after year basis can literally destroy metal surfaces to the point of no return. I have to hose off my 10 speed and pump up the tires, go buy a new helmet and start riding that bike at the park at least an hour a day, to burn off some pounds. But I do remember that there once was a time when I rode it for miles and miles. I might have to rethink long distance and just keep within a one mile radius of the house.
It will be fun. I know I have to motivate myself to get that bike out and pump those tires because a bike that sits for long periods of time, not being used, just sitting in the same old spot for months or perhaps even years, will get a bit rusted out and the tires will simply go flat. I don't know if I can get that bike looking like new again but I will work on that today.
Meanwhile I just stopped by to write a little bit and will return later. Hopefully one day Persona Paper will get some new writers in and continue to be that one writing site that lets people write their thoughts and ideas down just for fun. Share links to your personal home pages, blogs or vlogs or podcasts. Enjoy your day ahead and have a happy Labor Day weekend. My step grand daughter recently had a baby girl and she is very pleased that her little baby boy, just recently turned one year old, loves his little baby sister a lot. So in that respect it was a labor of love.
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