Depressed and want to go back home
by Mark Cerny
When I decided to retire I bought a condo in Mito Japan, my wife's country. I paid cash so that when I retired and sold my house in California I would not be strapped with a mortgage and only needed to cover the monthly expenses....well within our social security income.
Sold my house in CA for a huge profit and moved to Japan so with more than enough money in the bank I don't have the pressure of monthly rent, but after several months I feel depressed and longing for my life before retirement.
First couple of months was good, unpacking and buying the things needed to furnish the condo which kept me occupied, but now after 3 months I feel that this was the worst decision that I ever made....
I feel like I am stranded by myself on a desert island wishing to return to the U.S. even though I know it would be starting over and I am 68 and my wife is 75.
I am lost here with absolutely no social interaction with others, foreigners or Japanese and living in a smaller city.
Don't know if I can stay sane......