Passages of Retirement: Personal Histories of Struggle and Success

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Consideration of
Retirement Activities

Male, 67, married, three children

Education: high school graduate

Job Status: traveling salesman for 33 years

Retirement Income: $50,000

Health: reported fair

Retirement Category: early-voluntary, retired for 13 years

My work involved selling ladies apparel to retail stores. I traveled on the road about 50,000 miles a year. This job consisted of showing my samples in big and small towns, attempting to maintain good customer relations and getting the manufacturer to serve the needs of the customers. The traveling and selling took all of my energy and attention, but, this wasn't an activity that I enjoyed.

I looked forward to retirement for many years, mainly to get off the road. I tried to plan financially for it as I went along. My retirement came about earlier than I had planned due to a disagreement with my employer. He violated our agreement we had put together when I went to work for him. I did not approve of his methods, which were in violation of our contract, so I retired.

I never worried about retirement. I always felt I wanted to take early retirement because I didn't like the type of work I had to do.

Outside of my work, I enjoyed playing golf, being with my family when I was in town and taking care of the garden. Our social activities

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