Since 2014 I've been working under contract for one of the auto companies. Was working in the quality department and I really enjoyed what I was doing. Things were pretty darned good until a year ago when I was told I was also going to be in the procurement department. Turned out 90% of my work was there and it was pretty stressful for the most part. But I gave it my best and learned as I went along. My contract house called me up a little while ago and said we've got some bad news for you and that my manager at work doesn't want me there anymore. Said I was really lagging behind and that I had a behavioral problem. (??!!??). Both charges I strongly disagree with. My manager never talked to me but relayed this to my contract house who did the dirty work. But the agent was pretty cool and very apologetic about it. He even admitted that I deserved some answers. But as far as I'm concerned it's water over the bridge now. Funny thing is I'm not mad and I'm really not upset. I actually feel.....relieved. I was getting pretty tired of getting up at 4 AM, dealing with the freeway traffic everyday, with the stress of the job and the long hours of which all was only going to get much, much worse in the next coming months. So here I am, soon to be 67 years old and was thinking "now what?" Screw it. I'm gonna retire. I'm going down to Social Security this coming week to apply for my benefits. I was really hoping to work for another year, but I sure as hell don't feel like pounding the pavement again. It's going to be a lean retirement, but I live a lean lifestyle anyway. I'm already thinking about all I'll have time for! I'm not sad and I'm not feeling sorry for myself because for all I know this could be a huge blessing in disguise. Who knows what possibilities are out there? Could be the start of a whole brand new adventure!! I guess the only question I have is for those who are collecting social security. Any tips on applying? Anything to look out for? Any advice is more than welcome. Thanks for listening gang. No worries. It'll be good!