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March 09, 2021



Back at you, Rick. We are blessed to be attorneys and to be able to pick and choose our work load and projects. We can theoretically work until we die.

Still, is working until death the purpose of life? I know that working is good for our mental health and keeps us intellectually engaged. But at the end of the day, it would be nice to wake up in the middle of the night and be able to return to sleep without a client issue nagging us and keeping us awake for an hour.

At some point retirement is earned and deserved. My projected retirement date keeps getting closer and closer.

Richard M Georges

But, Jay, my point was that staying mentally engaged is essential to staying alive. And, as for the nighttime worries, in semi retirement you have control over the cases you accept. I just don't take the worriers anymore. I stick to transactions, and uncontested litigation, and other stuff. And, I sleep just fine. Stress is a healthy thing, and a little of it is also essential. You don't "earn" retirement. That is like saying you earn an early death. Moderation, in all things. Each day is a lifetime. Live a little, recreate a little, worry a little, play a little, and hope that you get to do it all over again tomorrow, always being aware that there is no tomorrow.

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