While many people welcome retirement when they reach their 60s, former U.S Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says he "may have jumped the gun" on laying down the gavel last year. And he was 90!
Stevens, who sat on the highest bench in the land for 35 years and was succeeded by Elena Kagan in 2010, told AARP his decision to retire came when he had some trouble reading his dissenting opinion in the Citizens United case.
For the first time that I'd ever done it, I had some trouble articulating what I wanted to say. And it troubled me and I thought, "Maybe I should give some thought to the fact I may be changing in ways I hadn't recognized." I won't say I decided at that point but it was kind of an event that made me think more serious about it.
But Stevens went on to say he may have been hasty in his decision:
Oddly enough, since that time, I've felt fine and I'm sure the way the last year has gone, I would have been perfectly capable of continuing the job.