The decision to leave or retire from a salaried position can be among the most significant of life choices. An employer provides structure, security, constraints, and benefits. Whether we are in service to a profession, organization, or paycheck, our lives are regulated by our employment, not unlike the regulation provided by parents and schools in our youth. Our work schedule is likely to determine when we arise in the morning, perhaps even when we eat, and probably when we enjoy leisure. We are typically dependent upon our employer for health care and retirement options. Consider what elements of parental control and safety are present in your working situation. If you are considering retirement from a job or career, what will it mean to take more control of your life outside the parameters of employment?
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