My case.......I struggled for the last five years of my working life......slowly descending from well paid, to poorly paid jobs. I didn't resent the pay because I loved working.
It became obvious at 55 the time had come to sling the towel in. As my doc put it........'we've all got to die of something, it's trying to make the quality of life in between now and that day, as good as we possibly can.'
So I retired (reluctantly). I found the first two years difficult . I wandered around like a shipwrecked hen......40 years of work left a huge void.
I now see the sense of it all. I'd have had to give up eventually.
My wife changed her mind and decided to retire early next year, originally she was going to carry on. I have had no influence on this decision. It is her own personal choice. She wants a bit of life with me before I become too far gone.
So it boiled down to this really with me.........I worked as long as I could, within limits, I am now going to try and salvage what I can before it's too late. Adapting and compromise are the most important things I have learned to do.
Life's a one off and it has slowly sunk into my thick head that this is not a practise run. Money wont give me back the years.
Take what you will from this. I am a great believer in one size does not fit all. Good luck with your final decision, whatever it may be. It will not be easy which ever way you go.
To quote Forest Gump......'That's all I have to say about that'