Fulfilled or just existing in retirement?
by Kathleen Montgomery
(Fort Worth, Tx)
Big life changes that have shaped my life.
I was divorced after 33 years of marriage. My son invited me to live with him in Tx. I left Il. as soon as I finished my last radiation treatment for cancer. I worked for a few years in Tx. and retired after 49 years of nursing.
Leaving my friends behind has been difficult. I have not made close friends in Tx. I think retirement has impacted that. I go to church regularly, visited the senior center but stopped when I started caring for my son's wife who had metastatic breast cancer. She passed last February.
I'm by nature a positive person. I enjoy people. I trust too much. As a result, I'm embarrassed to say, I was scammed out of $20,000 savings. As a result, I struggle on a social security budget. I offered myself as a pet sitter. Not a booming income for me. I almost got scammed on that. Now I'm leery of any job offer.
My dream job would be a companion for someone who needs a personal assistant. I would enjoy going out to dinner, movies, travel. I'm lonely.
I feel I have much to give and in limbo right now. The good Lord will lead me where he wants me to be. That's my story. Thank you for listening.