Tiring of my career, my plan was to take a year off and see what happens.
After a few months of travel and activity, I got bored and decided to go back to work. Sort of. An easy, low-stress job while I thought about what to do longer-term, if anything.
Then events conspired and I ended unemployed for almost three years.
That was a fair sample of retirement.
The following is what I drew from my experiences. If you have drawn contrary things from your own experiences, so be it.
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