I retired after careful planning at the end of July,working hard for 50 years and thinking I had it all worked out....alas I find retirement is unbearable mainly due to the lack of contact with other human beings.
We dont realise how valuable our work colleagues are, if you live on your own as I do, without that daily chatter you can easily fall apart.
I used to be up at 6am but now sit around til noon in my dressing gown. I had a full and wonderful life, but am now living at the bottom of a black hole, and cannot see the light to climb towards.
Everyone is a couple that is the problem, when you are alone you dont have anyone to open your mouth to speak to...and that is unbearable but unchangeable.
I could travel, have seen all the world anyway, but alone its miserable. You might say join clubs, but I dont want to play bridge, do knitting, or be a volunteer.
I want a more sophisticated lifestyle, but there doesn't seem to be anyone out there who might want the same...so I will seek work before long to fill my days and hope to stay there forever.