Life carries on after 60 and I intend to make themost of it.
Mrs North's father worked hard all his life. He retired at 56 have jammed all his money into a gold-plated final salary pension (the likes of which we'll never see again).
He's now 63 and so far has done pretty much SFA with the time he "bought" himself. He's effectively worn out and, as much as he would like to travel, he's lost the energy and appetite for it. I hope you don't..!
Knowing a little of shooterman's background, his reasoning isn't quite the opposite of your angle: it's driven from the job he does (same as me, sort of) and the massive pressure that comes with it. I don't know many lawyers who actually enjoy their job. It has the worst possible combination of factors: boring and stressful.
However, law feels hard to leave. Lawyers are trained to be risk averse, so career change is often too hard a concept to grasp. Though the money is only really any good if you work in one of the City factories, it's hard to leave behind the elevated salary that often comes with the job.
It's also a profession dominated by high achievers and people who always want to win and beat other people. The concepts of weakness and failure are hard to deal with - christ, for me going in-house to work in industry from private practice felt like failure when, objectively, it's anything but.
Leaving aside the regulation and professional pressure, there's also the other problem that being a lawyer has two career paths: private practice (where the money is, and usually the evil lifestyle) or in-house. I think there ought to be scope to think differently outside that.
I've got 21 years to go until I'm 55. I just don't see me doing the same thing until then.