Energy industry casualty
I was near the end of a great career in the energy industry. Had 32+ years of exciting projects working for a great company with great people. The industry turned down in 2014.
At 56 years old, my role was eliminated and I received the Golden Handshake. We left with Health insurance, a lump sum pension and a severance package that has lasted 2 years.
The first 6-8 months was wonderful. No alarm clock, no traffic, no deadlines or office politics, etc. Now I feel a bit lost.
For so much of my life I've been the provider for my family, husband and father raising two great children. Now that the kids are gone, and our financial future is 'secure', I'm at a loss for purpose.
What does a 58 year old male do with all this time?
I can only play so much golf. My wife is a school teacher and loves her job - so she's not ready to retire. The kids are self sufficient. So I'm struggling to find out 'who I am now'. I'm in this gray area of transition. I don't want to go back to the corporate world, but can't identify what I want to do. Wondering if others have had similar experiences and what worked well.
Who would have thought that retirement would be stressful ????