The first time my retirement year came to my attention I was 28 – it seemed so far into the future. There was a report in my place of employment where the retirement year for each employee was listed. At that time my retirement age would have been 65, later changed to 66. Since I took early retirement at age 62, that year ended up not being relevant. But that lovely year does make me eligible for Medicare. So I cheerfully welcome 2014.