Avoidance of a Retirement
Male, 61 years old, married, four children
Education: college graduate
Job Status: drafting supervisor for 16 years
Retirement Income: $20,000
Health: reported good
Retirement category: early-mandatory, retired for 6 months
My work was my main interest, because it was a form of earning a living, and consequently had to be a primary interest. On the whole, I felt successful and satisfied with what I was doing. I started in drafting and worked my way up. I earned a degree while I was working.
Frankly, I was looking forward to retirement when I got to be 65, because I had been in the game for such a long time. I felt that being 61 now, four more years of work would be just fine, and I would be ready to retire at 65.
My job didn't have any bad effect on my health, but there were periods when I was working under high tension; but on a permanent basis the job didn't interfere with my health.
Before I retired, outside of my work, we would socialize with friends, I would play golf, and I fished. I also went to lectures whenever there was the opportunity.
I had hoped to do a lot of traveling when I retired, because I was interested in historical things, and I hoped to see more of the country.
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Publication information: Book title: Passages of Retirement:Personal Histories of Struggle and Success. Contributors: Richard S. Prentis - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1992. Page number: 35.