Retirement is harder to prepare for than work. There is no masters degree in productive leisure. No community of practice for the no longer practicing. It's a sad sad spurn when that place you went can't be there for you any more than you could have signed your own paychecks. Independence and freedom are not synonymous; one's anonymous while the other hates where it is. Escape is a multilingual allegiance to get out and then get out again to live by migration and die by stasis sales make ex-change into other people's money. Numbers fail when the age gets high: every additional day is worth more than any hour's pay and the puzzle pieces are now obviously missing; you'll never finish but if you're careful you might see that starting was worth not another penny.