All of life's doors are not closed after Retirement.
Look at it as time to tap into your creative side...
A few months after my retirement, I became depressed.
What did I do? I found myself a therapist that helped me see the brighter side of being retired. Gosh, how I love those senior citizen discounts.
Then my husband became ill and after 3 1/2 years of being his sole caretaker, which pretty much isolated me from the world, he passed away. I went through a rather long period of grief.
So, I made another trip to that same therapist and her suggestion was that I find my creative side. I was with the appellate court for many years as a paralegal and along with doing tons of research, I also did a lot of writing.
So, I have tapped into the writer within me, and even wrote a song that I gave to a country music artist in Nashville, TN. He turned my simple song into one that made it to #3 on the independent country chart. Even though I refused any compensation for the song, it gave me a real boost to know that I was still of value.
Today, 8 years since retirement, I have learned many lessons. My most valuable lesson was that I am not the only one struggling....there are millions of others in this huge boat; taking this Journey one day at a time and meeting the issues one on one.