Here is something from the other blog that I wrote a long time ago. Still stands, and sounds more true over six years later:
I like my job. I enjoy working for a college and I am good at what I do. I have pleasant colleagues and I do fulfilling work, so, why would I want to retire early? Well, I am tired of watching people die before any semblance of a normal lifespan has been achieved. A mother-in-law, a brother-in-law, an aunt, a niece, a son and more recently a colleague who was in the process of retiring at the age of 56.
It is one thing to die when old enough for people to think: “well,that person lived a good long life.” It is quite another to start pushing up flowers at a younger age.
I want to have a large chunk of self-directed time before I start playing a harp. I want Kathy and I to have that together.