Forced into Early Retirement, to Care for Autistic Adult Child, and Aging Parent.
Divorced, and alone...kids are either grown and have left me with only their student loan debt, and other disabled child is now in independent living and doesn't want me around any more. Aging parent also found renewed strength and also wants freedom.
So, what do I do now that I have nursed everyone else to health, or independent freedom?
I no longer feel wanted or needed. Besides that, I lost all of my old friends and close relationships due to my many years of primary care-giving duties.
I am not even sixty yet, and all of a sudden, I feel that my life has become useless.
I joined a gym for the first time in my life, and that is helping some, but still - no friends.
I am so an introvert, so that doesn't help with how to reach out and connect. I also moved to this new state and town last year, I find that folks here already have their "friends."
I feel so lonely, and I don't know how things will go.