My Dad is 76 - he has had the means to retire for quite some time but he is Typa A / GO GETTER all the way. In other words, the day he retires may be the day he passes away. He has built an amazing business that his Dad, my Grandfather, started. I would *love* for my Dad to retire but I'd rather have him around. Hey, I'm 3rd gen, it's my turn to screw up the business...at least that's what I tell people!!
He told me once that the reason why he works so much is that it is directly tied to his self worth. He was once without a job for 3 days many moons ago and it drove him crazy.
So - he and my Mom travel quite a bit, they take off in the moho/coach, hop on a plane, ship, etc. and go have fun but they are still involved. Some folks need that mental stimulation to keep them mentally fresh. I often thing about my own retirement, I'm 46, but I have no plans on slowing down...I get bored REALLY quick, sure I've got hobbies, but I just cannot sit around for too long, I get stir-crazy really easy! And my hobbies are pricey....so, I'll keep on plugging away but work when needed. We have a great team in place but I'm still getting the right folks on the bus/in the right seats. Gotta tell ya, I am not used to being in the office this much...my last business trip was 2nd week of this past December...next one scheduled is a few weeks away....being around the wife/co-workers too much...need to get back on the road!
Last year I was out 121 days for business travel and 33 days for racing and then a few weeks here and there for other vacations. This year is starting off slow travel-wise but financially it's starting off better.
So - for those of you that have "truly" retired - what do you do all day/every day? I have no plans of living out of our coach and "seeing the USA" as a lot of folks do when they retire...I dunno what I'm going to do when that time comes...