My wife and I were lucky enough to be able to retire nearly 10 years before we thought we would. I worked at the same place since I got out of college. In fact, the company I retired from was the same company I interned with during summers in college. I loved working inside the zone controlled HVAC of those offices. My colleagues were great and I had a real passion for work. Even in my mid 50’s I was still enjoying what I did for a living. My wife was the main care giver to our kids and had developed her own business decorating homes and businesses. This allowed her to have complete control over her schedule. But when the company offered me nearly a full pension at 57, we just couldn’t turn it down. So we upgraded the HVAC equipment in our home and sold it. Then we moved south and bought the smaller bungalow where we live today. When my wife wanted a place with a sunroom, I was skeptical. The summer heat was brutal so I couldn’t see the value. But we did it anyway. These days, that was one of the best decisions we ever made. All we had to do was add a ductless heat pump. The HVAC professionals made that process both painless and easy. Now that we are slowing down after being retired for 20 years, having that sunroom with great air conditioning is just so valuable to me. I feel like I can get out in the sun even on the days that my body isn’t feeling to great.