I retired in my 40s and they judge me for it

Dear Amy: I am blessed to have retired before the age of 50.

Amy Dickinson

I’m now in my mid 50’s and my life is amazing, but my in-laws think I need to get back to work.

We had a pretty OK relationship before my retirement, but now that I’m around them, they tell me I’m too young to retire, and that’s caused a break in our relationship.

I did not know that there was an age requirement to retire as long as one is financially secure.

How can I respond to this?

Enjoying retirement

Dear enjoy: I suggest you respond with a version of “Aren’t you cute?” before you move your in-laws away from you as a topic of conversation. One way to do this is to ask a question, “Do you remember how old your own parents were when they retired?”

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