The author of this article shares her personal experience and observations making the transition into retirement, “As an eternal optimist, I enjoy success stories. And lately, I’ve been running into lots of them about retirement.

But I’ve also noticed that, too often, these stories leap from here to there — a flash of inspiration, broad strokes of wisdom and faith, and then the contentment jackpot. While certainly admirable and reassuring, what about how they got there? Was it really that uncomplicated? Can they lay it out a bit to help others trying to figure it out?

That is, what about the middle?”

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