If you worked as many hours as you say, and you had other options, then you are a fool. If you didn't have other options then you are a wage-slave and should have been looking for a different kind of work, since you didn't, you are a fool.
No, my sweet tater, I was a professional who took pride in my work and enjoyed wat I was doing.. That you cannot comprehend this does not make me wrong.
See, this gets really whacked after a while. What's the metric? You worried about total hours worked?
Well drink this koolaid. using a standard 2087 hours per year metric, and that I retired at 55, someone who by virtue of their retiring at a normal 67 years has then worked 25,044 hours that I haven't. Foolish me!
Now just how the hell was I so foolish? I saved a lot of money. Where did that money come from? Here's where you can se the horrid extent of my foolishness. Cover the kid's ears Margaret, this is gonna get really ugly really quickly.
I banked and invested it! Horrors! What did I bank and invest? The extra money I was payed because I was making more because I was more dependable and professional that the smart non-foolish people who didn't allow those bastards they worked for to take advantage of them. Blasphemy!
Meanwhile, make certain you don't take a shit on your lunch break. Take it on company time so they aren't taking adfvantage of you. Its the intelligent non-foolish thing to do. Maybe you can take up smoking and get a few extra breaks a day as well.
Maybe just maybe, if people dropped the"I'm not going to shit on my time!" attitude, they could see what I'm getting at. While I was a professional, I had no plans to work forever. I gambled that by working hard, being compensated for it, and saving and investing, I might be able to retire early and enjoy a few extra years od relaxation before I died. Worked out okay. I'm getting ready to go on my third vacation this year, and then a winter excursion to Florida for a month.
If you don't want to follow the path I took - good for you! But This fool and wage slave idiot is being a fool and wage slave idiot for a strange sort of foolishness and idiocy. The smart people are still working, and I've been doing only what I feel like doing for 5 years now - something that I was being a fool to do. We'll just write that off to an interesting contradiction. 25,044 hours worth of being smarter than me.