Finally Retired after 48 Years: Will I be a Hermit?
by CeeCee, Los Angeles
Wow - am I glad I found this site!! After running my own retail and music lesson business for 48 years, I finally did it. I retired in November 2019.
It was an arduous process for me as I had to sell the commercial,building my business was in, So I could afford retirement. It took two years and nine escrows.
I feel absolutely depleted and sigh and smile many times a day and savor the free moments.
BUT???? I do sleep at least 10 hours a day also. I go out with friends, but it drains me but sometimes I go into a fatiguing asthma attack.
So I puts around my beautiful home, enjoy the pool and my gorgeous backyard. I read, research many topics online, ROKU to death, watch Turner Classic movies, Hallmark channel and Murder She Wrote and do little cleanup and organization around the house. I do one drawer a day for example, or one pile of paperwork.
I make sure I go thru the mail everyday. This gives me instant gratification. I keep my house relatively clean because I can't deal with clutter.
I say NO to a lot of social gatherings because I'd much rather stay at home. I only go to the grocery store about once a week and do a lot of online ordering when I need something. I will talk on the phone more than Just texting as I find it keeps my mood up.
My worry is that I will turn into a hermit. So, love reading this blog and finding others going thru this.
I walk briskly every single night as a must and around my pool every day. I have to exercise to stay sane.
My friends have also told me that it takes a good year to stabilize. So, I will continue to take care of me, do only what I want, avoid stress as much as I can and ROKU !!!
I won't worry about it anymore.